Harrington tops Stricker, wins US Senior

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) Padraig Harrington knew the U.S. Senior Open was in his hands Sunday with a five-shot lead. Part of him hoped for an easy day, a chance to wave to the gallery and maybe even show off with some aggressive play that wouldn't cost him.

He got the win. It was a lot harder than he wanted.

Harrington went from a six-shot lead at the turn to holding off Steve Stricker, and he delivered with a 30-foot birdie putt and three tough lag putts for par to capture his first senior win.

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 Steven Alker $2,017,615
2 Miguel Angel Jimenez $1,330,415
3 Padraig Harrington $1,259,583
4 Steve Stricker $1,140,700
5 Bernhard Langer $951,776
6 Jerry Kelly $942,808
7 Stephen Ames $861,209
8 Retief Goosen $838,089
9 Thongchai Jaidee $685,619
10 Ernie Els $610,972
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