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2008 USPGA Championship
Oakland Hills, 7-10 August




Padraig Harrington wins his second straight major with victory in the 90th USPGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

The Irishman cards a closing 66 to end three under and two clear of the challenge of Sergio Garcia (68) and Ben Curtis (71), who finish one under.

Camilo Villegas (68) ends +1, Steve Flesch (69) and Henrik Stenson (72) are two over and Phil Mickelson (70) and Andres Romero (72) are +4.

Justin Rose (71) and Alastair Forsyth (70) are among those five over.

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By Rob Hodgetts

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0040: How good was that? Thanks for reading. More live golf text commentary from the Ryder Cup. See you then.

0030: Ben Curtis's second shot to 18 lands about 15 feet away, meaning Padraig Harrington is the champion.

Curtis takes two putts for his par to end one under and qualify for the US Ryder Cup team.

0021: Padraig Harrington holes his par putt on 18 for a 66 to end three under.

Sergio Garcia misses his to drop a shot and end with a 68 for one under.

Unless Ben Curtis holes his second shot on 18 to force a play-off, Harrington has won.

0017: Ben Curtis misses with his par putt on 17 to slip back to one under.

0014: Padraig Harrington conjures a wonderful shot out of the rough to about 15ft on 18. He's there in three.

On 17, Ben Curtis chips onto the green from a tough lie at the back and sees it scuttle at least 12ft past.

Sergio Garcia's bunker shot ends about 10 feet away.

0011: Padraig Harrington's drive is under the lip of the bunker on 18 and he can only hack it out into the thick rough miles short of the green.

0008: Ben Curtis's drive on the short 17 nestles down at the back of the green. Sergio Garcia finds the left greenside bunker on 18.

0005: Padraig Harrington catches a fairway bunker with his drive on 18. Sergio Garcia also seems to have found a bunker , while Ben Curtis makes a five footer on 17 for par to stay two under.

Plenty of replies on whether Harrington will overtake Woods. Apparently not. (I can't look, can I. I'm a bit busy!). I would say, though that he might not get past Mickelson either.

2356: Padraig Harrington holes his birdie putt on 17 to get to three under.

Sergio Garcia lips out with his and trails by one going down the last.

Ben Curtis gets a free drop from the side of the hospitality tent to the right of the 16th. He fires over the corner of the lake with a five iron and catches the edge of the green.

2355: Padraig Harrington hits his five-iron tee shot to eight feet on the short 17th. In stunning fashion, Sergio Garcia gets inside him.

2345: Padraig Harrington makes an absolutely crucial putt, sinking his snaking sand save from about 10 feet. He punches his fist and grits his teeth in response. Garcia is unmoved, outwardly anyway. Underneath he must be churning.

And there is another twist. Ben Curtis drives into a hospitality tent to the right of the 16th fairway.

Garcia makes his bogey five to rejoin Harrington and Curtis in the lead.

"Harrington may get to 2nd in the world possibly but not no. 1. There is more space between Woods and the no. 2 spot than there is between no. 2 and no. 250 according to the official world rankings."
Steve, England, via email

2341: Sergio Garcia takes a drop and pitches to about five foot.

On 15, Ben Curtis's par putt just dribbles to the right.

Padraig Harrington splashes out of the greenside bunker to about 10 feet. It bounces inches from the pin and checks but then but rolls on.

"If Harrington wins will he become world #1? I assume if golf rankings are anything like tennis rankings then Tiger will be losing loads of points and two majors in a row is going to give Harrington a pretty nice boost."
Andy, UK, via email

Question of the day, Andy. I suspect Woods is still miles ahead. Anyone know?

2335: Disaster for Sergio Garcia! He sticks his second shot into the water on 16. Padraig Harrington makes doubly sure he doesn't follow suit but instead he hoiks it way left.

On the hole behind, Ben Curtis is oblivious to their trouble and hits his approach to about eight feet.

Up ahead Phil Mickelson finishes off for a 70 and four over.

2330: "Will it be a 3-hole playoff in the event of a tie, and will it be played today?"
Ger Barry, Dublin, Ireland, via email

Yes, they'll play 16, 17 and 18.

"I bet Garcia bottles it, he is good but when it comes to the majors he just doesnt have the nerve to see it through, Curtis or Harrington will take it by one stroke."
Jazzy B, Scotland, via email.

2326: Padraig Harrington putts first and slides it a foot or so past. Back on 14, Ben Curtis makes his birdie putt to join Sergio Garcia at three under.

Garcia then hits his putt but pulls it left and settles for par. Harrington, nervy, rolls his par putt in.

2318:Sergo Garcia hits the pin with his punched approach to 15. The ball rests about six feet away for birdie.

Padraig Harrington's reply lands a touch past and trickles down to about 10 feet.

Back on 14, Ben Curtis gives himself a very good birdie chance, too.

Excited yet?

2310: Sergio Garcia goes close with a birdie putt on 14 but accepts his par to stay three under. Padraig Harrington dribbles his par putt past the right lip and hands Garcia the lead once again.

2305: Padraig Harrington's approach to 14 runs through the green and nestles in the thick fringe. He lobs it back on to about six feet.

Justin Rose is finishing well and just shaves the hole with his birdie effort on 17 to stay four over and tied eighth.

2257: Ben Curtis makes his tap-in birdie on 12, while Henrik Stenson is now three behind after his hash of 12th after a wayward drive began his troubles.

2250: Sergio Garcia makes his par on 13, while Padraig Harrington, left hand below right, holes his eight footer for birdie to join his playing partner in the lead.

Henrik Stenson is fuming as he makes a mess of the 12th. He smacks his club into the ground in anger. He's not finished yet.

2246: Ben Curtis threads a stunning approach through the trees to about 20ft on the long 12th. Up ahead, Padraig Harrington finds the middle of the green on the short 13th. He looks very cool indeed.

Meanwhile on 16, Justin Rose has the shoe and sock of his right foot off as he plays a chip out of the water. He's still in a tie for ninth at four over.

2241: Padraig Harrington slides in a shortish birdie putt on 12 to close to within one of playing partner Sergio Garcia.

2236: Ben Curtis's par putt on 11 just slides by and he drops a shot to go one under. Sergio Garcia completely duffs a chip on 12 but escapes with his par five.

2230: Ben Curtis's wheels could be falling off. From a bunker on 11, he squirts it to the base of an oak tree.

Ian Poulter bogeys 16, 17 and 18 to finish with a 73 and 11 over. That means he won't climb into the automatic top 10 of the European Ryder Cup standings.

Paul Casey shoots 69 for seven over. He still needs to do something to get an automatic spot. Might have caught Nick Faldo's eye, though.

"I was picked once for the Seve Trophy and it was horrible. I can't imagine what being picked for the Ryder Cup is like," said Casey.

I'd say beggars can't be choosers.

2220: It's all getting very tense now. Sergio Garcia leaves himself with a testing par putt on 11, while playing partner Padraig Harrington almost chips in for birdie.

Garcia, though, makes his from 10ft to save par and stay one clear.

Up on 15, Alastair Forsyth drops a shot to go five over.

2217: Henrik Stenson makes a brilliant snakey par putt on the 10th to stay one under. Ben Curtis misses his 10ft birdie putt on the 10th.

2200: Ben Curtis drops another shot on the short 9th after finding sand with his tee shot. That leaves Sergio Garcia in the lead on his own for the first time at three under. He misses a birdie chance on 10, which would have given him a two-shot lead.

"Harrington goes to one under. Time for his back 9 charge I think. Mabye a repeat of the 2007 British Open? Harrington winning and leaving more despair for Garcia in second place."
ManUnited2008 on 606

"How come not a single word about JM Singh? There are a billion of us rooting for him."
Anonymous via text Look up, he's in the top four! He's just bogeyed 11 to slip to two over.

2145: Justin Rose is battling away and drains a 15ft birdie putt on the long 12th to inch back to four over, level par for the round. Alastair Forsyth also birdies the 12th.

The pair are the highest-placed Brits and are currently inside the top 10.

More fist-pumping from Sergio Garcia as he escapes with a good par on the 9th after driving through the green.

Ben Curtis drops a shot at eight to go back to three under and rejoin Garcia.

2140: Phil Mickelson bogeys the 11th to slide to three over.

2134: Fredrik Jacobson fires a hole-in-one at the 13th. That takes him back to six over.

2130: Sergio Garcia makes a crucial six-foot par putt on the 8th and pumps his fist in salute.

2120: Justin Rose, who watched his ball slide back off the 11th green this morning en route to a triple-bogey seven, does almost the same. His approach catches the front of the green and trickles back down the steep slope into the fairway. But this time, he conjures a magic chip and could escape with a par.

2110: Alastair Forsyth fans will be interested to hear that "Big Al" is holding station at five over through 10, currently in a tie for 13th.

"Harrington to win step two of his Grand Slam today."
Matt, waiting on the Heathrow runway, via text.

"Had a cheeky tenner on Sergio at 22/1 pre-tournament and im going on holiday to Spain next week - vamos senor!"
Craig, London, via text.

2105: Birdie for Ben Curtis at the 6th to regain the outright lead at four under. Henrik Stenson lips out with his 15ft eagle putt on the 6th but makes his birdie to go two under.

2050: Sergio Garcia pulls off a stunning recovery on the 6th and flops his ball out of the right rough to about six feet before making the putt for birdie.

Padraig Harrington also makes his birde at the driveable 6th. He's back to level, just three behind.

Phil Mickelson produces another very poor chip for him on the 8th and drops a shot to go back to two over.

2040: "Curtis steady but showing a few nerves all the same. Wi's lack of experience will see him fall away, I reckon. Mickelson seems to feel a sense of responsibility to perform while Harrington gambles and loses... My prediction is Garcia/Curtis/Mickelson in 1/2/3. I think Sergio can feel this one's his....Oops! Then Garcia's drive goes to Hollywood."
Wot Kuyt 'e did on 606

Garcia's drive on the 6th is wayward to the right but actually in a fairly open area that has been trampled by the spectators.

2035: Padrag Harrington bogeys the 5th to slip back to one over.

2030: As rain begins to fall at Oakland Hills, Paul Casey gives himself a makeable eagle putt on 12 but misses. The birdie takes him back to six over.

"Quote from CBS commentators: 'Its a bit chilly hear in Oakland Hills, temperatures of 67 degrees'. Chilly?? 67 degrees?? My god, when its 67 degrees here in Scotland I'm out on the course with T-shirt, shorts and factor 50 sunblock!!"
Horsetipster on 606

2025: Ben Curtis, widely hailed as one of the best putters on tour - a modern-day boss of the moss - slides his very makeable birdie chance past on the 4th.

2020: All change as Charlie Wi birdies the 4th to get to one under and Camilo Villegas does the same to reach one over.

Further back, Ernie Els and Justin Rose lose ground as they slide to five over.

2012: Sergio Garcia races his birdie putt past on the 4th but takes par.

2010: Phil Mickelson plays a very uncharacteristic chip on the 6th. He chunks it from the fluffy rough into the bunker in front of him. His third splashes out to a couple of feet and he makes the par.

Ben Curtis holes a clutch eight footer for par on the 3rd to stay three under.

2005: "Garcia's cookin'! Looks determined too. Demons? What demons? And playing alongside PH, the pressure's on Padraig."
Wot Kuyt 'e did on 606

2000: English news and Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter sit next to each other on the leaderboard at six over, seven over and eight over respectively. Game over, methinks.

Scotland's Alastair Forsyth is still one under for the day through six, four over for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson has made three birdies in a row from the 2nd and sinks a crucial putt for par at the 5th to stay one over.

1940: Sergio Garcia fires a brilliant approach to the 2nd and taps in for eagle to climb to two under, one shot off the lead of Ben Curtis.

1931: JB Holmes takes a triple-bogey seven at the 1st to slip back to two over, while Henrik Stenson bogeys the 1st to slide to level. Ben Curtis makes a very solid birdie to forge ahead.

1925: Phil Mickelson rattles in a long one on the 3rd to get to two over.

1920: JB Holmes is having a bit of a shocker on the 1st. He pulls his drive under a pine tree, hacks it a couple of feet, takes a drop, then bashes it onto the fairway. Stenson's in trouble, too.

1912: Padraig Harrington pulls his eight-feet birdie putt left on the 1st to stay one over. Charlie Wi and Sergio Garcia birdie the 1st to get to even par. Phil Mickelson birdies the long 2nd to get to three over.

1900: It's about to get very hectic. David Toms is now the on-course leader with a birdie at the 1st for two over.

Padraig Harrington tees off with a three-wood down the 1st. He's playing with Sergio Garcia and South Korea's major debutant Charlie Wi.

Serge and Paddy have previous in majors, don't forget, after their Carnoustie play-off.

Ian Poulter's charge falters as he drops a shot at the 7th to slip back to six over.

1853: Robert Karlsson's fast start stutters as he misses a five-foot par putt on the 3rd to slip back to five over. Stuart Appleby, Ken Duke and Alastair Forsyth all move to four over on the 2nd. But Graeme McDowell bogey the 1st for five over.

"Rob, what's foreseen as play-off holes?"
Mistyeurope on 606

They will play 16, 17 and 18. But Poulter will have won it before then!

1848: Thailand - are you watching? Your man Prayad Marksaeng is the leader on the course at three over after a birdie at the1st.

1845: Ian Poulter misses the green on the driveable par-four 6th but chips on and sinks the putt for a third birdie to move to five over.

1840: Brandt Snedeker is our big mover of the moment at four over after a second birdie in four holes. Justin Rose and Angel Cabrera are also four over after pars at the 1st.

1835: Robert Karlsson birdies the first two holes to creep to four over.

1830: We know Tiger always plays in red on the last day, but how many players do you reckon actively give a thought to their final-round garb and think, "Would I look good lifting the trophy in that?"

Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell set off up the 1st as Paul Casey pars the 5th to stay seven over and Ian Poulter bags a birdie to edge to six over. If he finishes inside the top 20 Poulter will get into the automatic top 10 spots of Europe's Ryder Cup team. For this week at least.

1820: Robert Karlsson edges to five over with a birdie on the 1st but Steve Elkington drops back with a bogey on the 3rd. Ian Poulter fires to about four feet on the 5th to set up another birdie chance. Paul Casey does the same.

1810: Steve Elkington, champion in 1995, begins with two birdies to get to five over. Jim Furyk joins Casey and Poulter on seven over at the 2nd.

"Time for the Europeans to rip it. Lets have Justin Rose in the top 3, we need him for the Ryder Cup. Bet you Monty gets a wildcard pick from Faldo. Which would be an error in my view..."
Lostingermany on 606

1800: It's a bit dank-looking in Detroit but no sign yet of the big thunderclouds of Saturday.

Things are getting brighter for Brandt Snedeker, though, because he birdies the 1st to get to five over. He's the on-course leader.

Paul Casey and Ian Poulter both birdie the 2nd (they're playing together, with American John Merrick) to get to seven over. That's the stuff, fellas.

1755: Padraig Harrington has just admitted he had an hour's kip after his third round. I like a good power nap.

1745: Birdies at the 1st for Steve Elkington and Justin Leonard to get to six over. Rory Sabbatini birdies the 10th, his first, for seven over.

1735: Paul Casey and Ian Poulter both par the 1st to stay eight over. Long way back for these boys but you never know.

"I think Sergio will finally come good, in a play-off with Curtis and Master Padraig."
Thanks_a_lot_BBC7 on 606

"This bizarre tournament gets even more bizarre with Richard Green And Louis Oosthuizen actually teeing off the latest from the 10th. How must they feel!"
Mr_Aleman on 606

1720: Play will begin imminently with groups of three going off the 1st and 10th. There's all to play for, both in terms of winning a major and the Ryder Cup.

Nick Faldo, Paul Azinger and Tiger Woods - we know you're reading, so get involved! Should be a cracker.

"Wouldn't it be great if Tiger was really reading! I'm behind Harrington all the way tonight."
saintrichie007 on 606

What do you mean, wouldn't it?!! Of course they, are. Aren't you guys.




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European Ryder Cup rankings
04 Aug 08 |  Golf


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