Padraig Harrington's game slipped so badly last year that he failed to keep full status on the PGA Tour for the first time. He wrote letters to tournaments asking for a sponsor's exemption and received one from every tournament but the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Like most sports, American golf interest builds and peaks on greatness rivaled by greatness: Arnold vs. Jack. Nicklaus vs. Watson. Greg Norman vs. Sunday at the Majors. Tiger vs. Vijay, then Tiger vs. Phil.
Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances.
Ian Poulter twice hit into water on the sixth hole, including his shot from the fifth tee. There was a three-shot swing on one hole, a two-shot swing on another. That was just the final hour of the Honda Classic on Sunday.
Much-improved putting by Paul Casey and two inexplicably bad tee shots by fellow Englishman Ian Poulter dramatically rearranged the standings on the rain-delayed Honda Classic leaderboard late Sunday afternoon.
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