Wednesday 12 December 2018

Harrington in top 10 behind Bjerregaard

Harrington, pictured earlier this year at Ballyliffin, closed with a three-under 69 to finish tied for seventh on nine-under par at the Old Course and move up to 95th in the Race to Dubai. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Harrington, pictured earlier this year at Ballyliffin, closed with a three-under 69 to finish tied for seventh on nine-under par at the Old Course and move up to 95th in the Race to Dubai. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Pádraig Harrington racked up his third top 10 in four starts as Lucas Bjerregaard snatched the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews and another success for Danish golf.

A two-time winner of the event, the Dubliner (47) closed with a three-under 69 to finish tied for seventh on nine-under par at the Old Course and move up to 95th in the Race to Dubai.

Tyrrell Hatton was bidding for a third successive win in the event but, after going out in four-under to lead the field by five shots, he stumbled home in 40, carding 72 to tie for second with Ryder Cup team mate Tommy Fleetwood (69) on 14-under par.

Bjerregaard closed with 67 to pick up €695,760 for his second European Tour victory, leaping from 25th to tenth in the Race to Dubai standings.

Secured Meanwhile, Oliver Wilson (38) secured his second win of the season in the Monaghan Irish Challenge at Concra Wood. He shot a final-round 69 to win by two shots on 12-under par, with Team Ireland invitee Conor O'Rourke (27) claiming the Christy O'Connor Junior Memorial Trophy for the leading home player. O'Rourke shot 70 to finish tied 23rd on level-par, edging out Rúaidhrí McGee (72) and Paul McBride (74) thanks to better final round.

Spain's Santiago Luna won the European Senior Masters by two shots from England's Peter T Wilson and Austria's Markus Brier on 10-under thanks to a closing 69 at the Forest of Arden.

Brendan McGovern tied for 14th on one-under with Des Smyth (74) tied 33rd on six-over, and Eamonn Darcy (77) and Philip Walton (76) tied 50th on 17-over.

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