Harrington pipped by Alker who strengthens Schwab Cup grip

Ronan MacNamara

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Pádraig Harrington lost ground in the Charles Schwab Cup race as he finished two strokes behind leader Steven Alker on twelve-under despite a three-under 69 in the final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Alker struck the first blow in pursuit of his maiden Charles Schwab Cup, coming from two strokes back to start the day to win tat the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond by one stroke over K.J. Choi.

Harrington teed off three adrift of Jerry Kelly and it was an up and down day for the three-time major champion who carded six birdies and three bogeys as he finished in a share of third place.

The US Senior Open champion recovered from an opening bogey with three birdies in four holes at the third, fifth and sixth while he also dropped a shot on the fourth.

A birdie on nine to turn in 34 moved him to within one of Kelly.

A back nine charge never materialised with birdies at 15 and 18 coming either side of a bogey on 17.

Alker, who entered the first event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs leading the standings, trailed Kelly, who’s fourth in the race for the Cup, by a stroke before consecutive birdies starting at 15. He added another birdie at 17 to finish at 14-under par and edge a gutsy Choi, who fired a 5-under 67.

Alker finished with a 68 while Kelly shot a level-par 72 to miss out as Alker posted his fourth victory of 2022 and solidified his grip on the Schwab Cup.

Steve Stricker, who is third in the Schwab Cup standings, skipped the event.

Darren Clarke dropped four spots in the Schwab Cup standings to 17th after a two-over 74 saw him drop to one-under and a share of 46th.

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