Padraig Harrington is having a blast on the PGA Tour Champions.
In his first season on the senior circuit, the 51-year-old Irishman has now scored three wins, the most recent on Sunday at the 2022 Ascension Charity Classic. If you keep track at home, that now makes two wins in the last three Harrington starts after winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in August and the US Senior Open in June.
It wasn’t always pretty in the final round for Harrington, who nearly lost the lead in the stretch after hitting three bogeys – as well as two key birdies – over his last six holes.
“I had done the work today, I had hit four pretty steep corners, I had four eagle putts on top of that, so I had done all the work, I just had to get to the club- house and sometimes it’s just not that easy,” Harrington said after his tour.
YE Yang battled his way into the race and finished second at 13 under after a 5 under 66 in the final round. Steve Stricker was third at 12 under, followed by Bernhard Langer fourth at 11 under. Clark Dennis, Ernie Els, Bob Estes, John Huston and Steven Alker all finished T-5 at 10 under.
Harrington is closing in on Alker in the Charles Schwab Cup standings but trails the 51-year-old New Zealander, who also has three wins this year on the senior circuit. Alker has won the Rapiscan Systems Classic, the Insperity Invitational and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, and also lost in two playoffs at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and the ClubCorp Classic.
The Champions Tour is back in action later this week at Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.