Senior Open: Darren Clarke edges Padraig Harrington to win first senior major

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Darren Clarke watches his tee shot at the second hole in the final round at Gleneagles
Darren Clarke watches his tee shot on the second gap within the closing spherical at Gleneagles
-10 D Clarke (NI); -9 P Harrington (Ire); -8 M Molina (Arg), D Barren (US), E Els (SA), S Alker (NZ), P Broadhurst (Eng) T Jaidee (Thai); -7 C Montgomerie (Sco)
Chosen others: -5 P Lawrie (Sco), YE Yang (Kor); -4 B Langer (Ger); -3 R Goosen (SA)

Darren Clarke clinched his first Senior Open title by one shot from Eire’s Padraig Harrington at Gleneagles.

The 53-year-old from Northern Eire birdied the 18th gap of Sunday’s closing spherical to card a 69 and end 10 underneath.

Clubhouse chief Harrington had picked up six birdies in an excellent again 9 to shoot 67 but it surely was not sufficient to disclaim Clarke a primary senior main.

Clarke turns into simply the fourth man to win The Open and Senior Open after Gary Participant, Bob Charles and Tom Watson.

The Dungannon man, who gained The Open in 2011, was joint in a single day chief with England’s Paul Broadhurst and though he bogeyed the tenth he led outright after a birdie two holes later.

He had accomplished 13 holes when play was suspended for over two hours after a deluge on the Scottish course.

Padraig Harrington was aiming for another major win after his US Senior Open victory last month
Padraig Harrington was aiming for an additional main win after his US Senior Open victory final month

Clarke’s fellow former Ryder Cup captain Harrington dropped three pictures in a irritating entrance 9 earlier than the Dubliner hit prime kind to return house in 30, a birdie on the final seeing him be a part of Clarke within the lead.

However Clarke held his nerve on the par-five 18th with a wonderfully weighted long-range putt giving him a tap-in to safe a 4 and victory.

“This one goes to sit down proudly beside the opposite Claret Jug,” mentioned Clarke.

“After successful the Open in 2011 and retaining on enjoying and once I turned 50 this was the one I wished extra that some other match, simply so I may say I’ve gained each of them.”

Broadhurst and Ernie Els have been amongst a bunch of six gamers to complete two pictures off the tempo on eight underneath.

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