Saturday 10 December 2016

Harrington hits late form

Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00

SINKING a monster 24-foot birdie putt at nine completely changed the complexion of Padraig Harrington's final round at The Travelers.

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After bogeys on three of the first five holes at TPC River Highlands yesterday, the wayward Dubliner seemed to be headed for a nightmare finish. Yet that birdie helped Harrington get his act together and he landed three more at 11, 15 and 16 for a one-under-par 69. He was tied 64th in the clubhouse on four-under as he left Crowell, Connecticut.

Harrington's next outing will be next week's Scottish Open at the new Castle Stewart golf links in Inverness, his final warm-up for the British Open at Royal St George's in a fortnight's time.

Alan Dunbar was pipped at the post in his bid to become the second Irishman in three years to lift the Brabazon Trophy at Burnham and Berrow yesterday.

The 22-year-old Rathmore man appeared to be out of contention following a disappointing 79 on Saturday -- but he moved into top gear on the final day to card an impressive 69 and come within a whisker of becoming English Amateur Open stroke-play champion.

But 25-year-old Neil Raymond of Corhampton, Southampton, kept his nerve in the closing holes after a few hiccups to post a 75 and finish on 287 -- three-over par -- just one stroke clear of Dunbar and Nuneaton's Andy Sullivan.

"I am pleased with my overall performance. It was just a pity about the Saturday score," said Dunbar.

Mourne's Reeve Whitson was joint 14th on 295 while Aaron Kearney of Castlerock ended on 302. Paul Cutler and John Greene were both a further stroke adrift.

Colm Moriarty banked €2,457 in a tie for 19th on six-under at the Scottish Hydro Challenge. A level-par 71 at Macdonald Spey Valley left the Glasson man seven behind French winner Edouard Dubois, who closed with a 69.

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