Steady round of 70 for Harrington on PGA Tour Champions

Ronan MacNamara
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Padraig Harrington in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Pádraig Harrington is ten shots adrift of the lead heading into the final round of the Insperity Invitational on the PGA Tour Champions.

The three-time major champion is on two-under-par after shooting rounds of 72 and 70 at the Woodlands Country Club.

A trio of Brandt Jobe, Steve Stricker and Steven Alker are set for a straight shootout on Sunday from twelve-under-par, four ahead of their nearest challenger in Ken Duke.

For Harrington, it will be about going as low as possible and securing a good finish, he is currently in a share of 30th place.

Not much has happened for the 50-year-old who carded four birdies and two bogeys on Saturday to move to within three shots of the top-12.

Harrington started quickly with two birdies in his first four holes before he dropped a shot on the ninth. After picking up a shot on the 11th he handed it straight back on 12 before a birdie on the par-5 15th moved him back to two-under which is where he remained after three closing pars.

The Champions Tour has proven to be a slow burner for Harrington although he has shown signs of improvement this season with one top-10 finish in his previous two starts.

The Dubliner is ranked 27th in the Schwab Cup money list after missing out on the season-ending event last year.

There was some hot scoring towards the top of the leaderboard with Stricker and Alker shooting seven-under 65s to share the lead with Jobe who went one better with a 64.

Alker’s round included two eagles on the back nine while Jobe went bogey-free on Saturday

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