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Sunday, 23 October 2016
Padraig Harrington  (Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington (Getty Images)

SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER, 2016 - PORTUGAL MASTERS

PADRAIG HARRINGTON

• His 15th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 393rd official European Tour event.

• Moves to 605,671 points in the Race to Dubai.

• Could move back into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking from 159th.

• His first European Tour victory since the 2008 US PGA Championship. A gap of eight years and 74 days. This represents the biggest gap between European Tour victories during his European Tour career.

• In that time has played in 115 European Tour events between victories. 

• This victory beats his previous best European Tour finishes since the 2008 US PGA Championship of second in the 2010 Irish Open and tied second in the 2009 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

• This victory beats his previous best 2016 European Tour performance of tied 13th in the US PGA Championship.

• Victory comes in his sixth appearance in the Portugal Masters.

• This victory beats his previous best performance in the Portugal Masters of third on his debut in 2009.

• The second Irishman to win the Portugal Masters, following Shane Lowry in 2012.

• Becomes the tenth different player to win the Portugal Masters in the event’s ten year history.

OTHER FACTS

• Becomes the seventh golfer from England and the Republic of Ireland to win the Portugal Masters from the ten years of the tournament.

• His first regular European Tour victory since the 2007 Irish Open.

• Aged 45 years and 53 days becomes the oldest winner of the Portugal Masters, beating the previous record of David Lynn, who was 39 years and 358 days in 2013.

• His first European Tour victory since passing 40.

• Aged 45 years and 53 days becomes the sixth victory by a player aged 40 or over to win on the European Tour this season. They are: Scott Hend (43), Henrik Stenson (40, two wins), Thongchai Jaidee (46), Anthony Wall (41) and Padraig Harrington (45).

• His 72 hole total of 261 (-23) equals the lowest in the history of the Portugal Masters, set by Andy Sullivan inn 2015.

• His winning total of 261 is the lowest of the 2016 season, beating the 262 of Francesco Molinari at the Italian Open.

• His winning total in relation to par of 23 under equals the lowest of the 2016 season set by Tyrrell Hatton at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

• The 50th victory for the Republic of Ireland in European Tour history.

• His 15th European Tour victory moves him out on his own at the top of the list of most Irish victories on the European Tour.

• Moves into sixth place in the list for the biggest gap between first and latest victories in European Tour history, with a gap of 20 years and 164 days. His first win was the 1996 Open de España

• His 30th win as a professional worldwide.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-23
2SULLIVAN, AndyENG18-22
T3KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-21
T3HANSEN, AndersDEN18-21
T5ROCK, RobertENG18-20
T5LIPSKY, DavidUSA18-20

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