Harrington Wins PGA

Irish star breaks 78-year-old European dry spell
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 2:25 AM CDT
Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, celebrates after sinking a putt on the 18th hole that gave him the 90th PGA Championship.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Ireland's Padraig Harrington yesterday became the first European since 1930 to win the US PGA Championship. Harrington bested Sergio Garcia in a tense duel at Oakland Hills with a par four on the 18th, matching Tiger Woods' 2006 achievement of winning major tournaments back-to-back, reports RTE.

Harrington seemed surprised by his victory on the heels of winning the British Open. "I was very confident in the Open," he said. "Here I hit some of the wildest golf shots ever hit on a golf course. In the end it was a lot of sheer willpower."