Harrington wins Irish PGA

BRITTAS BAY, Ireland -- Padraig Harrington has won the Irish PGA Championship for the third straight time, ending a month of poor results in time for his title defense next week in the British Open.

Harrington closed with a 1-over 72 on Saturday at The European Club for a seven-shot victory over former British Amateur champion Brian McElhinney.

Harrington prefers to play the Irish PGA, which is not sanctioned by any of the major tours, to prepare himself for links golf, which he will face at Turnberry. He has won the last two years at the Irish PGA, then gone on to win the British Open.

Harrington had missed the cut in his last five tournaments.