Harrington in the clear after review of tee shot at No. 13
Padraig Harrington faced a possible disqualification Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship when a question was raised as to whether he had hit his tee shot on the par-3 13th hole from in front of the tee markers.
After a lengthy evaluation that included taking Harrington and his playing partner, Phil Mickelson, back to the 13th tee to look for the Irishman's tee as well as a visit to the CBS television truck to study replays, officials decided not to penalize him.
There was inconclusive evidence that Harrington had violated a rule, so no penalty was enforced. A violation would have resulted in him being disqualified.
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"It's just not conclusive," Harrington said. "In this situation, yeah, there is a possibility, but between the rest of us we didn't see anything odd. ... There was nothing that stood out to us at the time and it's inconclusive now even when you look at it.
"For once, I'm not going to be a martyr and take it. It's just not conclusive so there's no penalty."
Harrington said he thought a spectator told a hole marshal of the possible violation.
"It's things like this that as a player you don't ever want any calls under question because you value your integrity more than anything, and Padraig has more integrity that anybody out here," Mickelson said.
Harrington and Mickelson tied for ninth.
Johnson makes eagle, not once but twice
Zach Johnson had a rarity when he made two eagles in the final round - both on par-4 holes.
Johnson started the day by holing a 105-yard sand wedge shot for a two on the first hole. Later, he drove the green on the 305-yard 14th hole and drained a 13-foot putt for his second eagle.
"Two eagles," Johnson said, "one was standard, one was not."
He shot 68 and tied for fifth.
Perez's demise: a failure to close
Pat Perez trailed leader Jonathan Byrd entering the final round, then promptly birdied the first hole while Byrd bogeyed.
But that brief return to the lead - Perez was also the leader after Friday's second round - didn't last when Perez bogeyed No.2 and No.4, then followed those with a double-bogey on No.7.
"It just proves I can't close," Perez said. "I'm pretty confident on that. I hit too many bad shots That's just terrible. Embarrassing."
Perez finished tied for sixth with Bobby Gates, four shots behind winner Lucas Glover and Byrd.
Haas' finish solid, but 'not 100% sharp'
Charlotte native Bill Haas had a chance late in his round, especially after he birdied No.17. But a bogey on 18 ended any chance he had at his third career victory.
"The round was somewhat solid, not 100 percent sharp," Haas said of his 2-under 70 that eventually left him two shots behind the leaders.
"I just didn't finish it off like a true champion, I guess."
Haas played the tough par-3 17th like a champ, though. His tee shot to the water-edged green stopped 5 feet past the hole, which was located at the back of the putting surface.
"I didn't hit the shot I was trying to hit, but where the pin is, with all the trouble that's around there, that was a one-in-10 shot," said Haas. "To do that and make the (putt) coming back was pretty cool. I just wanted to make a 4 on the last and make the guys at least earn it coming in."
It was a nice moment when the Wells Fargo Championship paused to honor the late Seve Ballesteros. Players knew horns would sound at 3:08 p.m. and playing partners Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink waited on the seventh green to putt until after the moment had been observed.
When the horn sounded, Glover, Cink and their caddies took their hats off and stood quietly on the green. In the fairway behind them, Jonathan Byrd and Pat Perez did the same thing as silence settled across the golf course.
After the horn sounded for play to resume, a nice round of applause rippled across the property.
Mickelson likes Quail Hollow, but the par-3 17th hole won't ever be on his favorites list.
In his eight years at the tournament, Mickelson has played the hole 14-over par with five double-bogeys.