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Golf Roundup Harrington can’t ‘Singh’ on Vijay day in Malaysia

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By John Manley

Padraig Harrington settled for second place in the Carlsberg Malaysian Open after losing the third hole of a sudden death playoff to Vijay Singh. Both golfers were tied at 14-under-par 274 after completion of 72 holes at the Saujana Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam.

Harrington led Singh by two strokes at the end of the third round, but the Fijian drew on even terms on the back nine of the final 18 holes. Harrington regained the lead with a birdie at number 16, but bogeyed 17. He was staring at victory with a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole, but left it short to force a playoff.

Both players parred the first extra hole, then matched birdies on the second. They went back to the 17th tee for the third hole, on which Singh drove the green. The Masters champion had a 60-foot putt for an eagle, which he left short, and he settled for a birdie. Harrington needed to make a six-footer to force another playoff hole, but his putt slid past the cup.

Harrington earned $101,110 for his second-place finish. He was second in this event last year and fourth in 1999. Ronan Rafferty missed the cut after shooting consecutive rounds of 74.

Senior PGA Tour

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Christy O’Connor Jr. gave himself reason to be encouraged with the 2001 season as he tied for sixth place in his first outing of the year, the Verizon Classic at the TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. The Galway man shot four-under-par 209 (71-69-69) to finish on even terms with wunderkind Larry Nelson and Allen Doyle. Rookie Bob Gilder took top prize at 208. O’Connor bagged $50,400.

South African Tour

James Loughnane stumbled to a four-over-par 76 in the final round of the Investec Royal Swazi Sun Open in Mbabane, Swaziland, which dropped him to a 54th-place tie. He finished at two-under 286 (69-70-71-76), well off medalist Bradford Vaughan’s 263. Vaughan enjoyed an eight-stroke lead over the runners-up. Loughnane’s earnings came to $1,900.

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