Padraig Harrington shot a four-under 68 Sunday at the Old Course to win the Dunhill Links Championship by five strokes.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
St. Andrews:Padraig Harrington shot a four-under 68 Sunday at the Old Course to win the Dunhill Links Championship by five strokes. Harrington, who also won the event in 2002, finished at 16-under 271 for his first victory in Europe in two years. The win also boosted him into second place behind Paul Casey in the European Order of Merit. Third-round leader Bradley Dredge (74) shared second place with Anthony Wall (67) and Edward Loar (70). Ernie Els, a two-time runner-up, was alone in fifth place after a 70. Casey (68) shared sixth. Harrington began the final round one shot behind Dredge, but they were level after nine holes. Then the Irishman birdied the short 11th while Dredge double-bogeyed after hitting into a greenside bunker. Four stroke lead Harrington had a four-stroke lead on the last hole. He birdied while Dredge made par. "You don't win too many tournaments when you can come down the last knowing the job is done," Harrington said. "It's all the more special when it's St. Andrews." Loar, a lefty from Dallas who plays mainly on the Asian Tour, birdied four out of five on the front nine and shared the lead briefly. But he fell away on the back nine. "It was the greatest week of my golfing career, playing at the home of golf and being paired with Ernie (Els) and Vijay (Singh)," Loar said. "This has been an awesome week for me." Amateur partner Harrington and his amateur partner, Irish magnate JP McManus, also won the pro-am team event for the second time. Mark Roe, best known for his disqualification from the 2003 British Open, retired after a 67. The 43-year-old Englishman ended his 21-year career by finishing in 15th place. Roe, who won three times in his career, was disqualified from the British Open at Royal St George's because of a scorecard mix up with playing partner Jesper Parnevik after apparently taking the lead after the third round. "I have had my ups and downs like everybody over the years," Roe said. "The Open was just a hiccup along the way." (AP)