Padraig Harrington Makes Double Bogey After 'Longest Pee Ever'

A double bogey on the 16th hole from Harrington was put down to 'the longest pee ever'

Harrington waves to the crowd after holing a putt
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At the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Padraig Harrington is looking to claim his second Major title on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and, after firing a four-under third round, he sits one shot ahead of Steve Stricker. 

However, that advantage could have been more going into the final day, as Harrington made a costly double bogey at the 16th. Following the round, the reason for the double was explained by the man himself, with Harrington calling it "the silliest excuse ever".

Harrington hits a shot from the bunker

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"I certainly could have got a low one in there today and got away from the field," explained the 51-year-old. "Golf's like that though, it's hard to, when you're leading, I don't know, the putts just didn't drop there for a while. Probably have had the silliest, maybe the most silliest, I come up with the silliest excuse ever for making -- I'm glad I broke my par streak. It's not good not to have made a bogey. That's not a good thing. I know that sounds strange, so that's the first thing I'll say.

"16 came out of nowhere, which is, I have a -- so, essentially, I went in the toilet. The door was locked. Took me a few minutes to realize there wasn't somebody in there, another few, another while to get the door open. I had, as we are on the Champions Tour, I had the longest pee ever. And then I kind of rushed down the fairway and hit my shot. The second shot was kind of innocuous because the pin was so tight I was just playing 15 feet left of it and to be honest, yeah, I just, I wasn't -- I do that sometimes, I just wasn't focused, I wasn't into it and I hit a bad shot in the hazard. 

"Disappointed I overplayed -- you know, I was trying to get that up-and-down, so I'm disappointed that my first lie, I went under it. The second one was a bad lie so I blast that out. But, yeah, so when you get over 50 it sometimes takes a long time to have a pee. And that was, yeah, that's my excuse. That's got to be original, I would assume."

Despite the bathroom incident, Harrington managed to birdie the last to take a slim lead into Sunday, with the Irishman looking to secure a fifth victory on the over-50s circuit. 

"It's always nice to birdie the last. It's always nice to hole a putt on the last, so it creates a bit of momentum, for sure," stated Harrington, who then added "I love playing competitive golf where you're trying to win. I know it's a Major tomorrow and you want to go out there and win Majors more than the next event. But at the end of the day we all play for that buzz coming down Sunday evening in with a chance at winning, trying to manage our game, our thoughts. 

"It is really our thoughts, what we're thinking, good, bad, indifferent. And that's why we do it. We put ourselves out there and you would love in a perfect world that there was no drama in it, but the likelihood is at some stage tomorrow it will be a bit of drama and we'll have to figure it out."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x