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Harrington secures victory in Hoag tournament with impressive birdie-birdie finish after overcoming double bogey

Padraig Harrington, the 52-year-old Irishman who is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in June, emerged victorious at the Hoag Classic on Sunday. Despite a double bogey on the par-4 16th hole, Harrington showcased his resilience by sinking crucial birdies on the final two holes. With a downhill 15-footer on the par-3 17th and an 8-footer on the par-5 18th, Harrington finished at 14-under 199 for a one-stroke victory over Thongchai Jaidee.

Jaidee, hailing from Thailand, also put up a strong performance with a final round of 69, finishing just shy of Harrington. Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jimenez, the Spanish golfer who was part of the final group with Harrington and Jaidee, finished two strokes behind with a score of 68. Stephen Ames secured fourth place at 11 under after shooting a 67. Jerry Kelly and K.J. Choi were tied at 10 under after rounds of 67 and 68 respectively, while Steve Stricker finished one stroke behind them with a score of 70.

Harrington’s win at Newport Beach Country Club added another impressive achievement to his already impressive golfing resume which includes wins at The Open in

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