Padraig Harrington coasted to a third successive Irish PGA title today in what he hopes proves a lucky omen yet again.

For the past two years the Dubliner has gone on from the European Club to The Open and won that as well, but the big difference this time is that he has missed his last five halfway cuts on the European and American tours.

One behind after the first round, Harrington took over at the top with a second-round 70 and finished up a seven-stroke winner over former British amateur champion Brian McElhinney.