Harrington the 'new' Tiger

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

LOUISVILLE -- Padraig Harrington has taken over from an injured Tiger Woods as king of the majors, unfortunately for Europe, he's also on his way to duplicating Tiger's lukewarm results at the Ryder Cup.

Harrington, winner of this year's PGA Championship and the last two British Opens, lost his morning match yesterday to fall to 0-2-1 at Valhalla.

His .412 winning percentage (7-10-3) is down there with Woods's .440 (10-13-2).

"You know, it's whether the team wins or not," said Harrington, who went 4-down through five holes in the morning to Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry and then sat out the afternoon session.

"I know I didn't have a great day, half a point out of three matches, and I worked so hard for that half-point, but you never know that, a half-point might make the difference at the end of the week. If it does and my team wins the Ryder Cup, I'll be celebrating and you know, there's no joy in winning five matches if your team loses."

OLIVER TWISTS: English rookie Oliver Wilson, the only player on either side to sit out both Friday sessions, did pretty well for a guy who spent the day on ice.

He holed the winning putt on 17, a 15-footer with all kinds of break, to put away Mickelson and Kim, capping a comeback from 4-down to 2-up in a span of 11 holes.

"It was nice to hole that, and especially against the Americans like that," he grinned. "It was a tough game and they got off to a good start. But it came down to the last and it's fantastic. I was just excited to be able to hit the putt, and I hit a great putt, great read, and it all came true. I felt like I've been waiting to hole that putt all year."

He and Henrik Stenson looked like they were going to fall on their faces, losing four of the first six holes, but they stuck with it to post the biggest comeback of the matches so far.

"We stayed patient on the nine when it just wasn't going our way," said Wilson. "And when it did, we just kept trying to keep the pressure on."

MAKING UP: Boo Weekley toned down his antics yesterday after Lee Westwood complained that he was stepping over the line Friday. Whenever Weekley made a huge putt on Friday he would urge the fans to get as loud as they could, which is bad form when the other side still has a putt to make.

"He didn't do it between shots like Friday, so he's obviously learned," said Westwood. "He apologized, too, which is the kind of man he is. He's a nice guy, we get along really well."


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