Harrington wins PGA Grand Slam on 3rd try



SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Padraig Harrington won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot win over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

Harrington, who lost in Grand Slam playoff in 2007 and 2008, won in his third try as an alternate. The three-time major champion was asked on Saturday to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els, who has a minor ankle injury. The Irishman pulled away with three straight birdies early on the back nine and finished the 36-hole event on 9-under 133. He earned $600,000.

The Grand Slam is for the season’s four major champions.

Simpson played bogey-free for a 67 to finish second. Masters champion Bubba Watson (71) and Keegan Bradley (67), filling in for PGA champion Rory McIlroy, tied for third.