Har­ring­ton se­cures re­turn to Dubai

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Padraig Har­ring­ton will play in the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship next month thanks to his first Euro­pean Tour vic­tory in more than eight years and 115 events. The Ir­ish­man’s dra­matic vic­tory in the Por­tu­gal Masters on Sun­day has seen him rise from 96th to 43rd in the Race to Dubai rank­ings and more than dou­ble his tally for the sea­son to 605,671 points. Fol­low­ing his vic­tory in Vil­am­oura, Har­ring­ton said: “It’s a big win. I tried to be re­ally ag­gres­sive. “The golf course re­ally suited me and I just tried to go af­ter ev­ery pin I could. “I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No mat­ter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.” Andy Sul­li­van also moved up two places thanks to his sec­ond- place fin­ish in Por­tu­gal and he is now 13th in the Race to Dubai rank­ings with a sea­son to­tal of 1,328,783 points. There were also sig­nif­i­cant moves for David Lip­sky, who moved from 64th to 58th, and Robert Rock who jumped nine places up to 64th. Masters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett re­mains in top spot on the Race to Dubai, while 2013 and 2014 DPWTC win­ner Hen­rik Sten­son is cur­rently in sec­ond place and reign­ing cham­pion Rory McIl­roy is third.

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