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Harrington's eight on par-three No. 8 takes him out of contention

Birdies and bogeys from the PGA Championship.

August 17, 2009|Teddy Greenstein

BOGEY

Padraig Harrington can look at it this way: Even if he'd aced the eighth hole, he still would not have won the PGA Championship.

So all his quintuple-bogey eight cost him was several hundred grand.

"These things happen," said Harrington, managing a smile. "In the course of your career, you're going to mess up sometimes, as I did."

Harrington was six under par when he stepped to the eighth tee, alone in third place. With 167 yards into a strong breeze, he chose a knock-down six-iron, but it landed in the pond, short and right of the green.

"If I fly it five more yards, I'm on," Harrington said.

He took a drop and hooked his third shot so badly, he nearly beaned playing partner Henrik Stenson, standing near bunkers to the left of the green.

Harrington then caught a pitch flush, sending his fourth shot into the water.

His sixth shot landed shy of the green. Finally he got up and down for eight, effectively ending his day. He fell to a tie for 11th, dropping five shots.

"I've hit plenty of great pitches," he said. "That's the strongest part of my game. I've had plenty where I got up and down to win tournaments, so I'm not going to mull over [this]."

A good attitude, but not enough to avoid a bogey here.

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BOGEY

Angel Cabrera. The Masters champ also made an eight on No. 8, so in the vein of consistency . . .

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BIRDIE

Tom Lehman. As the Minnesota native strolled up the 18th fairway, he held up a driver protected by a Golden Gopher head cover. Then he blew kisses to the adoring gallery and offered waves after knocking in a six-footer for par and a nine-over finish.

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BOGEY

Woody Austin. He needed a birdie on No. 17 or 18 to achieve that rare feat of consistency: four consecutive rounds of 73. Oh, well.

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BIRDIE

Phil Mickelson. We'll give him a birdie for thrilling the hearty fans who arrived at the first green by 8:20 a.m. to watch him knock in a five-iron from 205 yards for an eagle two. "I couldn't believe that thing went in," he said. But Mickelson's card also had three sixes and a seven for a final-round 76.

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BOGEY

CBS Sports. A technical glitch prevented viewers from seeing Woods' spectacular tee shot on No. 13, the 240-yard par three. Fortunately, the network provided a replay.

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BIRDIE

Woods. CBS execs owe him a thank-you note. Ratings for the network's third-round coverage were up 390% over last year's Tiger-free third round, which was marked by rain and ran against the Olympics.

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BIRDIE

Greg Bisconti. The club professional from New York shot a 76 on Sunday to earn low club pro honors and a 74th-place check of $13,600.

-- Teddy Greenstein

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