Harrington joins six of the best

Irishman's world boost from St Andrews

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 7 Oct 2002

Harrington - World No.6.

Padraig Harrington has moved into the world’s top six golfers with a stunning victory in the Dunhill Links championship at St Andrews.

He has jumped three places after defeating Eduardo Romero at the second playoff hole, minutes after holing an 18-foot putt on the final green of the 72-hole event.

The Irishman pocketed £514,000 for his win and now jumps ahead of David Toms and just behind Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Ernie Phil Mickelson and the runaway world No.1 Tiger Woods.

Harrington also picked up a handsome reward as he partnered Irish investor and gambler J P McManus (17 handicap) to the pro-am team win by five shots.

Romero, who just missed out on his second win of the year in Scotland after winning at Loch Lomond in July, gets a 16-place boost to reach 19th in the world.

For the Argentinian his cheque for £343,000 will do most to benefit those less fortunate than himself. He hands over nearly £6,000 a month to help care for the orphans who roam the streets of his home town Cordoba.

Colin Montgomerie continues to climb in the world rankings and boost his growing reputation on the combeack trail, jumping four places to No.13 in the world, while fellow Scot and Sandy Lyle improves 174 positions on his way to a rank of 212.

It's his best position for several years and the £160,000 pay cheque, sharing third place with Monty, also secures his European Tour playing rights for next season.

Charles Howell III became the 14th first-time winner on the US PGA Tour this season claiming his first career victory at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in Virginia. The 23-year old from Augusta, improves 21 positions to No.39 on the World Ranking.



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