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Singh wins, Harrington tops Order of Merit

Irishman Padraig Harrington won the European order of merit title in dramatic style after finishing joint second just a stroke behind India's Jeev Milkha Singh at the Volvo Masters on Sunday.

A bogey on the last by Sergio Garcia not only cost the Spaniard the chance of a playoff with Singh but contributed to Harrington's maiden Vardon Trophy success. It was the first time Harrington had topped the order of merit all season.

Harrington's success in overhauling money list leader Paul Casey of Britain came after one of the most tense season-end finishes, matching the 1995 triumph by Colin Montgomerie who holed a three-foot par putt on the last to pip Sam Torrance.

The drama again came on the 18th hole after Harrington had posted a one-under total with a closing 69.

With the Irishman watching on a television screen in the players' lounge at Valderrama, Garcia, who would have ended Harrington's chances with a par on the last, bunkered himself on 18 and then missed a 30-foot putt to save par.

That dropped Garcia back into a share of second place with Harrington and Englishman Luke Donald behind Singh, who closed with a one-over-par 72 for a two-under 282 total to claim his second win of the year and earn an $840,000 payday.

More importantly, though, Garcia's failure to sink his long putt provided an Irish name for the Vardon Trophy, the first since Ronan Rafferty's 1989 success.



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