US Senior Open win “special” for Padraig Harrington
Irish golfer holds off challenge of Steve Stricker to take home senior major title
Expand Padraig Harrington smiles after winning the US Senior Open Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Image: Michael Wade Image: Michael Wade PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON AND Steve Stricker are battling it out on a big stage once again with the Dubliner leading the US Senior Open by a single stroke.Padraig Harrington (file pic).A delighted Pádraig Harrington holding the US Senior Cup.
Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Mon Jun 27 2022 - 09:28 Padraig Harrington labeled his victory at the US Senior Open as “special” after being made to sweat on the final day by American Steve Stricker.“I think it’s special for me to win this one just because I’ve never won a USGA (United States Golf Association) event,” he said on Sunday evening.Harrington birdied three of his last six holes to card a six-under 65 while Striker recovered from a poor start to end with a round of 69.“I think that adds more than if you could turn around and win a different senior major.A three-time major winner on the regular tour, the Dubliner took a five-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at Saucon Valley, and held on to prevail today by one.But because I was never a US Open champion or a junior champion, it’s great to come and win the senior one.Advertisement “It’s a much stronger test than I expected,” he said.It adds something that I never had in my career.“I think it’s special for me to win this one just because I’ve never won a USGA (United States Golf Association) event,” said a victorious Harrington.
” The 50-year-old started the day at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course five shots ahead and went on to card a one-over par 72, leaving himself in a good position to become the third-straight champion on debut at the tournament.I knew this was a big advantage to me starting the week, both length-wise and being able to play from the rough if I am in the rough.#USSeniorOpen pic.American Stricker was the victorious rival captain opposite Harrington in last year’s Ryder Cup and came to Saucon Valley as the winner of the tournament in 2019.The 55-year-old played solidly to close with a six-under 65, but Harrington drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-four 15th which along with three two-putt pars on the final holes ensured the European had just enough to win.This is a big golf course, well set up.As well as becoming the first player from Ireland to hoist the Francis D Ouimet Memorial Trophy aloft, Harrington joined Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus as the only multiple victors in The Open to also win the US Senior Open.Australian qualifier Mark Hensby, who has no status on any professional tour, finished third six strokes behind Harrington.Certainly I’m very impressed with the USGA.Exclusive NZ - IRE Rugby Analysis Get Murray Kinsella's match analysis and Garry Doyle's updates from New Zealand exclusive to members Become a Member The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.
Pádraig Harrington leads Steve Stricker by one shot at US Senior OpenPádraig Harrington is leading the way at his first US Senior Open
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Padraig Harrington charges to lead at US Senior OpenSteve Stricker shot a two-under 69, and he is just behind Harrington at five under
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