Padraig Harrington Powers to 5-Shot Lead in US Senior Open

Padraig Harrington is overpowering the U.S. Senior Open.

Padraig Harrington sooner or later knows what it is like to overpower a golf direction,

and it has the Irishman on the verge of a U.S. Senior Open name.

Harrington reached both par 5s in two,

hitting 5-wooden to 7 ft on the 608-yard twelfth hole at Saucon Valley,

and his five-beneath sixty six enabled him to open a five-shot lead Saturday

going into the very last spherical of the Senior Open.

Starting the 1/3 round with a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker,

his Ryder Cup captain foe from Whistling Straits,

Harrington birdied the hole two holes and became on his way.

He became at 12-beneath 201, 5 shots clean of former U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers,

who birdied the ultimate  holes for a 68; and PGA Tour Champions rookie Rob Labritz (69).

Harrington drilled a fairway metal into 25 toes on the 568-yard sixth hollow,

at the same time as Stricker hit a tree and had to flight a chip below the branches.

He came up quick of the inexperienced and made bogey. 

It was a two-shot swing whilst Harrington two-putted or birdie, for a four-shot margin.

And then at the twelfth, Harrington blasted his five-wooden over the corner

of the difficult to a pin tucked at the left facet.

Stricker's wedge went just thru the green, his chip down the hill become too sturdy and he made another bogey.

This turned out to be a three-shot swing when Harrington holed the eagle putt.

Harrington, who became 50 remaining August and is playing his first U.S. Senior Open,

stretched his cause as many as nine shots.

He had two bogeys during the last four holes, his first dropped photographs given that the opening spherical.