Oct 25, 2012 at 12:04am IST

Golf: Padraig Harrington wins PGA Grand Slam on 3rd try

Southampton, Bermuda: 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.

Harrington wins PGA Grand Slam on 3rd try

The Irishman pulled away with three straight birdies early on the back nine and finished the 36-hole event on 9-under 133.

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