PADRAIG celebrates HONDA CLASSIC win
Padraig Harrington received tributes and congratulations yesterday after he won the PGA Tour's Honda Classic in the US.
The Dubliner scooped the top prize at the course in Palm Beach, Florida, after a dramatic play-off with American rookie Daniel Berger.
Padraig deservedly tucked into his "first celebration meal" at US diner Five Guys Burgers immediately after the win and tweeted a photo.
Junior Sports Minister Michael Ring congratulated him on an impressive victory.
"I am delighted that Padraig has won this tournament. He played great golf all weekend and secured his richly-deserved win in a play-off," he said.
"This is Padraig's first PGA Tour title since 2008 and his perseverance and commitment to his game in recent years has paid off with a fantastic win in Florida."
Mr Ring said Padraig "has done great work in promoting the Ireland golf brand".
"I look forward to seeing him compete again at the US Masters next month and here at home at the Irish Open in May," he said.
"Hopefully, this isn't an isolated win," said Padraig. "I really do believe in myself. I think I've found that mental edge that I've been lacking the last number of years."
Padraig (43) ended a seven-year title wait on the PGA and European tours with the victory.
He had dropped down the world rankings to 297th but he will now be ranked 82nd.
He won the British Open in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA championship also in 2008.