Harrington cards third consecutive 69 on way to sixth-placed finish at Furyk & Friends

Adam McKendry

Padraig Harrington (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Three consecutive rounds of 69 saw Padraig Harrington finish sixth at the Constellation Furyk & Friends and take another step towards the Charles Schwab Cup.

The 51-year-old was the model of consistency at the Timuquana Country Club as he went 69-69-69 to finish at nine-under-par for the tournament, just outside the top-five.

That takes him within touching distance of Order of Merit leader Steven Alker, who did not play this week, as Harrington looks to win the season prize in an incredible rookie campaign on the seniors circuit.

Harrington was bogey-free for his final round, but that will probably be more a source of frustration as opposed to something to be happy with as he got stuck in a rut and parred his final 12 holes in a row.

The Dubliner picked up birdies at the third, fifth and sixth holes, but they would be the only holes that he did not sign for a par, and in the end he would finish five shots off eventual winner Steve Stricker.

The former US Ryder Cup captain recorded his fourth win of the PGA Tour Champions season as a closing 69, which saw him drop just one shot, at the 18th, saw him claim a two-shot victory over Harrison Frazar at 14-under-par.

Tournament host Jim Furyk birdied four straight holes on his back nine on his way to his own 69 to pick up his best finish of the season, solo third at 11-under.

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke had comfortably his best round of the week as a 69 of his own – containing seven birdies and four bogeys – moved him back up to four-over-par, good for a share of 57th.


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