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Ross Fisher hoped the luck of the Irish would hold off for home favorite Padraig Harrington at golf's Irish Open. Fisher shot a six under par 65 in his final round, but would it be enough to stay in front of the hard charging Harrington in Ireland?
Chris Wood birdied the 15th on his way to a three under par 68. He finished four strokes off the lead in a tie for third place.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano took his time making a move. He finished with a four under 67 and tied with Wood for third place on 14 under par.
Irishman Padraig Harrington started the day three strokes behind Fisher. But he soon had the home galleries fired-up. Harrington's great approach at the ninth set up his fourth birdie of the round. The three-time major winner has not won an event for two years, but looked like the winner at home, as he reeled in Fisher's lead. Harrington's charge reached its peak at the par five 16th. His eagle moved him into a share of the lead with Fisher.
The Englishman, Fisher, lost his outright overnight advantage with a bogey at the third, but regained it by sinking a long birdie putt at the fifth. Fisher followed that up with an eagle at the seventh. He got another birdie at sixteen, and only had to par the last hole to win the tournament with a six-under 65. Fisher takes his fourth European Tour victory, keeping up his record of winning one event a year since 2007. And he scored enough European Ryder Cup points to move himself up from seven place to sixth on the table.
|England's Ross Fisher plays his second shot on the 18th hole during|
the final round of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Killarney Golf
and Fishing Club, Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010.
(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)