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Harrington clinches title with late birdies

Ireland's Padraig Harrington clinched a nail-biting one-shot victory at the Hong Kong Open with two birdies in the last two holes on Sunday.

The world number 10 drew level with leader Hennie Otto of South Africa at the penultimate hole before snatching victory with a 20-foot putt at the last in the opening leg of the 2004 European Tour season.

"I got very aggressive at the 16th when I realised Otto was in front by one stroke. It was all or nothing at that stage," said Harrington, who finished with a four-under-par 66 and an 11-under-par total of 269. He won $113,000.

Harrington became the first person to win successive opening events on the European Tour after winning the BMW Asian Open in Taiwan last year.

"A lot of people expected me to win. I'm absolutely thrilled to do just that," said the Irishman, who began the day one shot behind leader Christopher Hanell of Sweden.

Harrington collected three birdies on the front nine to go 10 under but at the par four 10th hole he lost his ball in the woods after a wayward tee shot. Penalised one shot, he recovered well to limit the damage to a bogey.

Otto, meanwhile, made a late charge, birdieing three of the last four holes to nose ahead before Harrington's remarkable finish.

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Chris Gane of England and last year's winner, Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden, were tied for third on 273.

One shot further behind in a tie for seventh was South Africa's James Kingston, Hanell and Thai Prayad Marksaeng, the best-finishing Asian in this penultimate leg of the Asian PGA Tour.

Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, a winner here in 2001, shot 66 to finish on a five-under 275 and tied for 10th. England's Nick Faldo was in joint 15th.

China's Zhang Lian-wei, in second place on the Asian PGA Tour order of merit race, ended on 280 after shooting 69 on Sunday. He finished tied in 35th place.

Zhang trails India's Arjun Atwal in Asia. The winner will be decided at this week's Volvo Masters Asia in Bangkok and will earn an automatic berth for next year's British Open.

269 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 67 69 67 66

270 Hennie Otto (Rsa) 68 68 69 65

273 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 68 69 69 67, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 69 71 65 68, Chris Gane (Eng) 70 67 67 69, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 68 65 71 69

274 James Kingston (Rsa) 69 70 68 67, Christopher Hanell (Swe) 68 69 65 72, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 67 69 67 71

275 Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa) 68 71 70 66, Michael Campbell (Nzl) 67 71 71 66, David Carter (Eng) 70 71 65 69, Gary Rusnak (USA) 68 70 68 69, Rob Rashell (USA) 70 67 67 71

276 Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 68 73 69 66, Marc Pendaries (Fra) 70 71 68 67, Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 69 66 73 68, Stephen Dodd (Wal) 69 72 68 67, Nick Faldo (Eng) 69 72 67 68, Nobuhito Sato (Jpn) 68 72 68 68, Richard Mcevoy (Eng) 62 68 74 72

277 Kim Felton (Aus) 67 73 69 68, Wang Ter Chang (Tpe) 68 70 70 69, Anthony Kang (USA) 71 70 67 69

278 Kyi Hla Han (Myn) 69 70 71 68, Derek Fung (Hkg) 68 71 69 70, Choi Kyung Ju (Kor) 70 68 70 70, Barry Lane (Eng) 67 72 67 72

279 Shaun Webster (Eng) 68 70 75 66, Gary Emerson (Eng) 73 69 72 65, Edward Loar (USA) 67 73 72 67, Danny Zarate (Phi) 71 70 70 68, Andrew Raitt (Eng) 73 68 70 68, Amandeep Johl (Ind) 66 71 72 70

280 Johan Skold (Swe) 70 71 73 66, Zhang Lian Wei (Chn) 67 72 72 69, Ian Garbutt (Eng) 69 72 70 69, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 72 64 73 71, Harmeet Kahlon (Ind) 68 72 70 70, Daniel Gaunt (Aus) 69 73 66 72, Adam Fraser (Aus) 69 68 69 74

281 Andrew Pitts (USA) 74 67 71 69, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 75 67 69 70, Arjun Singh (Ind) 69 71 70 71, Lu Wen Teh (Tpe) 71 70 68 72

282 Soren Hansen (Den) 74 68 67 73, Jamie Elson (Eng) 72 67 68 75

283 Pablo Del Olmo (Mex) 70 70 73 70, Paul Marantz (Aus) 71 71 70 71, Steven O'Hara (Sco) 66 71 74 72, Tyrol Auret (Rsa) 71 68 71 73, Simon Dyson (Eng) 73 67 67 76

284 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 70 74 68, Chris Williams (Rsa) 69 73 72 70, Peter Hanson (Swe) 68 73 73 70, Robert Jacobson (USA) 71 71 72 70, Desvonde Botes (Rsa) 67 71 74 72, Michael Kirk (Aus) 72 70 69 73, Mike Cunning (USA) 70 72 69 73

285 Chen Yuan Chi (Tpe) 70 71 73 71, Des Terblanche (Rsa) 70 68 74 73, Tsai Chi Huang (Tpe) 68 70 75 72, Jamie Spence (Eng) 71 69 72 73, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 71 69 71 74, Tobias Dier (Ger) 72 69 70 74, Mads Vibe Hastrup (Den) 70 71 70 74, Rick Gibson (Can) 72 70 69 74

287 Simon Yates (Sco) 73 69 73 72, Sion Bebb (Wal) 74 68 72 73

288 Clay Devers (USA) 71 70 73 74, Sam Walker (Eng) 69 72 73 74

291 Tom Whitehouse (Eng) 69 72 75 75, M Sasidaran (Mas) 70 72 76 73

293 Boonchu Ruangkit (Tha) 70 72 77 74, Scott Strange (Aus) 72 68 73 80

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