Harrington survives carnage at the Honda Classic

The Honda Classic is played at one of the most dramatic courses on Tour, PGA National in Palm Springs. Intense storms and severe rain pushed the tournament to a Monday finish. So, this morning, we’re watching and we’re learning just why they call the finishing stretch the “Bear Trap.”

Entering the day with a two-shot lead, Ian Poulter hit 5 balls in the water en route to a 5-over par 75.

With the lead on the 15th tee, Patrick Reed hit his tee shot into the water, finishing double bogey, bogey, bogey, par to finish with a 3-over par 73.

Taking over the lead on the 17th tee, Padraig Harrington hit his tee shot into the water, making a double bogey and falling behind by one stroke. He then birdied 18 to finish in a tie for first at 6-under par.

During all this, PGA Tour rookie Daniel Berger was hanging out in the practice area. He was casually chewing on a banana while rolling in one-handed putts. Over an hour before, Berger blitzed PGA National with a 6-under par 64, coming from 9 shots back to take the lead.

Now, he and Padraig Harrington are facing off in a sudden death playoff. Harrington has not won on the PGA Tour since 2008; Berger has never won on the PGA Tour. In 2008, he was just 14.

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11:38 pET Update

Both players laid up and have wedges into the par-5 18th.

11:45 pET Update

After watching two putts burn the edge, we’re on to 17 where Padraig made double in regulation. Berger V Harrington continues.

12:01 pET Update

Harrington wins. He stuffed it to 3 feet before Berger wiped one in the lake on 17. First win since 2008, when he won back-to-back majors. Unreal.

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