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The Tour Report

February 2 2013

3:28 PM

Harrington savors visit to 16th

WATCH: Harrington kicks a football into the stands at the par-3 16th

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As Phil Mickelson heads to the back nine, Padraig Harrington eagled the 15th hole to pull within three strokes of the leader.

Harrington, who started the final round nine shots off the pace, hit his drive 333 yards at the par 5, He had 245 yards to the pin on the island green and put his approach 9 feet away for the eagle.

Harrington, who is making his debut in Phoenix, then proceeded to endear himself to the crowd at the 16th hole when the Irishman started kicking official Super Bowl footballs into the stands.

His caddy, who was serving as the holder for the first -- which was field goal style -- did his best Lucy imitation, pulling the football away when Charlie Brown, err, Harrington ran up to kick it.

Harrington did manage to put the second attempt in the grandstands, and he drop-kicked several more into the crowd. As the fans chanted "Ole, Ole, Ole," though, Harrington missed the 16-footer for birdie. He then converted from 4 feet for par to stay within three of Mickelson.