Goosen Harrington Win Exelon Challenge

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LAFAYETTE HILL, Penn. -- Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington won the Exelon Invitational on Monday, 2 and 1, over Jim Furyk and Charles Howell III.
 
The event, hosted by Furyk and held at the ACE Club in suburban Philadelphia, switched from a skins game to a fourball match this year.
 
Goosen and Harrington claimed $80,000 apiece for the victory and Furyk and Howell earned $60,000 each in defeat, but the tournament's real beneficiaries were the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which received a $250,000 donation.
 
The players kept the mood light.
 
Furyk hit a bystander with his first approach shot of the day at No. 1, then made birdie after the ball bounced back to within 10 feet of the hole. The woman, standing behind the green, got a hug.
 
Later, Furyk was forced to hit a lefthanded shot when his tee ball came to rest next to a tree beside the fairway.
 
'I'd watch out up there,' he joked to a section of the gallery standing further up the fairway.
 
But the joke was on Furyk. He duffed the shot.
 
On the 16th hole, Harrington put the internationals 1-up when he holed a 22-foot chip shot from the fringe for a winning birdie. He had pulled a putter, then sent his caddie back to the bag for a couple of wedges.
 
'What'd you hit?' yelled a gallery member.
 
'Just a gap wedge,' Harrington abided.
 
The match was decided on the 17th hole when neither Furyk nor Howell could make par on a large, undulating green. Harrington made a short putt to give the internationals a 2-up lead with one hole remaining.
 
They played the 18th anyway -- for an additional $25,000 for charity -- and when Furyk wanted to cut a corner with his second shot, he caught a small section of the gallery standing nearby.
 
'You are all in serious danger,' he laughed.
 
They moved, and Furyk hit his shot.
 
But the teams pushed the final hole when Furyk drilled the back of the cup on a short putt and had it pop out. That led to a 'chip-off' from a pot bunker behind the green to determine who would choose the charity for the additional $25,000 purse.
 
Goosen knocked his shot within 3 1/2 feet to win it.