ST. LOUIS — Padraig Harrington constructed a snug lead and even a number of errors on the finish could not maintain him from successful the Ascension Charity Traditional on Sunday for his third title this 12 months on the PGA Tour Champions.
Harrington had seven birdies in a closing spherical of 3-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Y.E. Yang (66) at Norwood Hill Golf Membership.
Steve Stricker, who began one shot behind Harrington, caught him when the Irishman took double bogey on the par-3 fourth gap. Each made birdie on the fifth, however that was the final birdie Stricker made. He completed with 13 pars for a 69 to complete third.
Bernhard Langer had a 70 and completed fourth.
Harrington’s third victory on the PGA Tour Champions — and his second in his final three tournaments — allowed him to at the least shut the hole on Steven Alker of New Zealand within the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
4 tournaments stay earlier than the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs begin, and Alker’s lead is all the way down to $134,778, that means Harrington could have an opportunity to take over the lead subsequent week on the Sanford Worldwide in South Dakota.
Harrington matched Alker, Jerry Kelly and Miguel Angel Jimenez with three wins this 12 months on the 50-and-older circuit.
Yang was by no means a critical issue till the ultimate hour when he made three straight birdies, the final one on the par-5 fifteenth gap when his 60-foot eagle try grazed the facet of the cup. However he ran out of holes and Harrington stayed in management.
Harrington dropped pictures on the sixteenth and 18th holes that solely affected the margin. He completed at 14-under 199.