Harrington wins Iskandar Johor Open

Padraig Harrington won the Iskandar Johor Open on Sunday,

securing his first victory in two years.

The three-time major champion had a 3-under 69 in the final

round for an overall 20-under 268 at the US$1.25 million Asia Tour

event.

”There’s no doubt that it was my week to win,” the Irishman

said. ”If you had followed me for the four days, I don’t think

anyone would have questioned that my name was written on the trophy

before the tournament started … I hit some good shots and had a

few breaks.”

Harrington, part of Europe’s Ryder Cup winning team, went into

the final round with a five-stroke lead. He ended three shots clear

of Noh Seung-yul of Korea at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in

Malaysia’s southern Johor state.

Harrington last won in 2008 at the PGA Championship. It was

Harrington’s third Asian Tour title after previous wins in Taipei

and Hong Kong.

”Two years is a long time, especially when you’re reminded

every week you play,” Harrington said. ”It’s nice and very

important for me to win. It’s somewhat a monkey off your

back.”

The 39-year-old Harrington was making his debut in the event. He

tightened his grip with three straight birdies from the second hole

but had two bogeys over his closing three holes.

The 19-year-old Noh retained the Asian Tour Order of Merit after

a 65. He moved to 5-under for the round through 11 holes but a

bogey on 13 where he found water with a drive ended his fight.

Lin Wen-tang of Taiwan, a five-time winner, finished four

strokes back in third after a 68 which included a double bogey on

the seventh hole.

”Padraig was in good form. There were no par fives for him as

he played them like par fours,” the 36-year-old Lin said.

Singapore’s Mardan Mamat was fourth and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of

Thailand and Australian Scott Barr shared fifth place.