BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Padraig Harrington knew the U.S. Senior Birth became as soon as in his fingers Sunday with a five-shot lead. Segment of him hoped for an effortless day, of endeavor to wave to the gallery and most definitely even impart their very possess praises with some aggressive play that wouldn’t tag him.
He got the snatch. It became as soon as loads more challenging than he wished.
Harrington went from a six-shot lead at the turn to holding off Steve Stricker, and he delivered with a 30-foot birdie putt and three advanced sail putts for par to resolve his first senior snatch.
“It’s advanced to manual from the front,” Harrington acknowledged. “It’s even more challenging when it’s Steve Stricker in the back of you. He tends to glean one on me. I’m cheerful sufficient to pick out up it executed in the halt.”
Harrington, who never lost the lead at Saucon Valley, closed with a 1-over 72 and glean change into the third straight U.S. Senior Birth champion to snatch in is debut.
Stricker, who started the final spherical eight photographs in the back of, began making his trudge with consecutive birdies to live the front nine, and he closed with two straight birdies for a 65.
That left him one shot in the back of, and the Irishman wanted easiest pars to snatch for the first time on the PGA Tour Champions.
“It became as soon as a posh day,” Harrington acknowledged. “I acknowledged it the day prior to this, where having a five-shot lead occurring the market, yeah, if I went out and performed expansive and ran a long way from the self-discipline, I could perchance wave at the crowd and snatch photographs on. If anything else, possibly even give a boost to my characteristic. But golf merely doesn’t be devour that.
“It continuously, continuously — how time and any other time will we explore it? — comes down to the final couple of holes.”
Harrington needed to 2-putt from above the ridge on the 16th, and he trickled it down to a foot. He became as soon as properly below the ridge from about 50 toes away on the par-3 17th and, after working that by 6 toes, evenly rolled in the par putt.
On the closing gap, he became as soon as pin-high nonetheless some 35 toes away with a spine working throughout the line of his putt. He cozied that to some toes and rapped it in for the snatch.
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Harrington accomplished at 10-below 274.
“After I made birdie at 14 I heard any individual bellow, ‘Smartly, we’ve got a game now,’ or something devour that. I had a feeling I became as soon as getting shut,” Stricker acknowledged. “And I became as soon as merely attempting to birdie as many as I could perchance.”
Trace Hensby had a 69 to live alone in third. Stricker, nonetheless, became as soon as the most productive one who had of endeavor to resolve Harrington.
Stricker neglected like minded birdie probabilities on the 15th and 16th holes, nonetheless he stuffed his shot on the 17th to a foot, and then took on a back-correct pin at the closing gap to five toes away.
Harrington, who led by as many as six photographs at one point, began the back nine with consecutive bogeys, and then he neglected a like minded birdie likelihood on the par-5 12th.
Earlier than Stricker could perchance pick up his final birdie, Harrington made his 30-footer to be assured of staying in front, and his sail putting became as soon as improbable when it desired to be.
“I tried to birdie them all coming in,” Stricker acknowledged.
Stricker got the ideal of Harrington with out hitting a shot final September at Whistling Straits, when he led a stronger and younger U.S. crew to a rout over Harrington’s European squad in the Ryder Cup.
That became as soon as no longer lost on Harrington over the final hour.
“It will glean to be Steve Stricker chasing me down. ‘Steve, give me a spoil, please.’ Yeah, Steve’s a posh competitor,” Harrington acknowledged. “Indubitably he appears to glean one on me over time. So it’s good to pick out up one back on him this time.”
Harrington obtained three majors on the usual tour, the first one at Carnoustie in 2007 when he rallied to snatch the British Birth in a playoff. Stricker became as soon as in final neighborhood that day and shot 74.
Harrington earned $720,000 and earned a local in the U.S. Birth subsequent twelve months at Los Angeles Nation Membership. Stricker will get any other mountainous stage in his dwelling teach of Wisconsin subsequent twelve months when the U.S. Senior Birth goes to SentryWorld.