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The Honda Classic champion Padraig Harrington talks with Matt Lincoln

by Matt Lincoln/CBS12

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) - Padraig Harrington admitted earlier in Honda Classic week that the issues that had kept him winless on the major tours for 7 years were as much mental as they were physical.

He needed some serious mental strength to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff, and then win the Honda Classic on the second playoff hole.

Harrington said after the round that this win was as special as his last Honda Classic victory - it came 10 years ago and was his first PGA Tour victory.

He admitted that he found something that "gave him peace" from a mental standpoint, and that showed as he handled adversity all week to win the Honda Classic.

Harrington double-bogeyed the 17th hole, putting his tee shot into the water. But on 18, he hit a long a putt to secure the birdie he needed to force a playoff hole.

Harrington persevered over three weather delays that forced play into Monday, but the Irishman admitted that all of that weather plays into his game, and he was able to take advantage.

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