Wednesday 17 January 2018

Padraig Harrington comes up agonisingly short at Turkish Open despite strong finish

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 04: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort on November 4, 2017 in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 04: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort on November 4, 2017 in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Padraig Harrington finished just two shots back from winner Justin Rose despite a four under par final round at the Turkish Open.

Harrington briefly grabbed a share of the lead following an eagle at 15, but ultimately he couldn't keep pace with Rose, who birdied 18 to move one shot clear of Nicolas Colsaerts and Dylan Frittelli, who finished in joint second.

It wasn't a bad weekend for Shane Lowry either, who finished tied for eighth, although he will be disappointed with a +1 final round. Paul Dunne finished in a tie for 23rd after also carding a one over par round.

Harrington recorded four birdies and an eagle during his final round, but also two bogeys, although he did save par with a approach shot after earlier finding the water at the 10th.

After Rose birdied the last, Harrington needed to finish birdie-birdie to force a playoff, but his chip at 17 came up short and he had to settle for a credible fourth place finish.

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