Padraig Harrington is happy with his US Senior Open performance after day three

“I lost a bit of focus on 7 and 8, but in general, I played well all the way.“

by Sead Dedovic
Padraig Harrington is happy with his US Senior Open performance after day three
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Pádraig Harrington is a man from whom there were huge expectations before another edition of the Senior US Open, but unfortunately, the Irish golfer did not offer the fans what they wanted.

Pádraig Harrington didn't particularly impress at this year's US Open, although he showed what was expected of him during the third day, but it was already too late for anything more.  Harrington shot a one-under 69, elevating his score to four-under and placing him in a tie for 13th.

The Irishman cannot be happy considering he is far behind Hiroyuki Fujita, who leads him by ten shots heading into the final round. Furthermore, Fujita has been impressive since the beginning of the tournament, holding a two-shot lead over Steve Stricker, a player who has been quite successful in this event. Opponents will have a difficult task in dethroning Fujita, but it won't be an impossible mission.

Harrington wasn't happy with the bogey and triple bogey (7 and 8), but in the end he managed to get out of that situation. It seems that the Irishman is generally happy with his performance, showing that he has the quality for big things.

“I lost a bit of focus on 7 and 8, but in general, I played well all the way. So I drove it well for the rest of the round. I suppose I holed a few putts to make a few birdies.“- Padraig Harrington said, as quoted by Irish Golfer.

The 52-year-old referred to the weather conditions, stressing that the weather was windy. Although he admits that it was not particularly windy, it is obvious that they had problems and could not give their best.

“It was a little windy out at one stage when we were going out into the wind there. It wasn’t that windy, but it seemed with the drop in temperature, it seemed to play a little bit long. I came up short a couple of holes before I realized.“- he continued.

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington© Andrew Redington / Getty Images Sport

Harrington also looked back at the course, and it seems that he enjoyed playing here the previous days. He considers this experience a great test, and an opportunity to improve in the next rounds.

“The course is playing nice. It’s how you actually want to see the course play, I think. I think any less — and the greens start to firm up a little bit. Certainly they’re not soft anymore. So nice test.”- he said.

Hiroyuki Fujita, a 55-year-old golfer, has sparked positive reactions and impressed many with his performance. The Japanese player has shown that he poses a significant threat to his opponents, with a strong chance of lifting a trophy that would greatly impact his career. 

Golf fans in Japan are familiar with his name, as the 55-year-old has won a remarkable 18 tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour. His career ranking peaked at 43rd back in 2012. Regarding Majors, Fujita hasn't been particularly impressive, with his best result coming at The Open Championship in 2005, where he finished T41. It appears that Hiroyuki has progressed over the years, becoming the best version of himself in his later years.

Fujita emphasized in a media interview that he has strived to maintain consistency since day one. Participating in such competitions is most important to him, and he considers himself fortunate to be there. Fujita wants to focus only on this fact. The Japanese golfer has shown that he poses a threat to his opponents, and Stricker, who is closest to him, will have to give his all if he wants to disrupt Fujita's plans. Stricker mentioned that he is pleased with his putting and his new putter. His game also provides optimism.

Padraig Harrington and 2012

Regarding Harrington, back in 2022, he managed to achieve victory in this competition when he found himself in the final round with Steve Stricker. Harrington then showed superior quality and deservedly secured the win. Interestingly, a year later, Stricker once again reached the final round, only to be defeated again, this time by Bernhard Langer. 

It's incredible that Stricker finds himself in the same situation again, raising the question of whether the 57-year-old golfer will experience the same fate once more. All indications suggest a similar scenario awaits him, but if Stricker stumbles at the final hurdle again this time, we can confidently say that Steve is a golfer who lacks the factor of luck.

This year's edition is really impressive, just as we expected before the beginning. The Senior US Open has always been a great thing for golf fans, who have the opportunity to watch former golf stars and veterans of the sport in one place.

Padraig Harrington