Harrington race run

There was no Turkish delight for Pádraig Harrington in Antalya yesterday, while an absent Graeme McDowell has lost his second place in the Race to Dubai.

While McDowell is now bound for the UAE, Harrington will arrive home later today after failing to qualify for this week’s final event in the 2013 Race to Dubai.

Needing to finish top-10 in Belek, Harrington shared 50th place on eight under at the close of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Quietly-spoken French golfer Victor Dubuisson brought the loudest cheers when he birdied the closing two holes to win by two shots with a last-day 69 and a 24-under-par victory tally.

The 23-year-old, who picked up a cheque for €848,930, has raced to the top of the Ryder Cup points table and into the world’s top 40.

Last year’s Irish Open winner Jamie Donaldson grabbed second place with a score of 63 for a 22-under-par tally and also earned himself one million air miles with Turkish Airlines for an ace at the 16th.

England’s Justin Rose boosted hopes of finishing next week as European No 1 and overtook McDowell to move into second place in the Race to Dubai after signing off with a 64 to share third place on 20 under par with Tiger Woods, who birdied four of his closing five holes in a five-under-par 67.

Race to Dubai front-runner Henrik Stenson (69) shared seventh place and with the Swede seeing his money list lead cut from €343,866 to €213,468.

The leading four contenders for the European No 1 title are now separated by €343,906 and with this week’s UAE finale carrying a first prize of €1.14m.

Harrington, who ended 68th on the money list with €464,326, won’t play again until next January’s Volvo Champions event in Durban.

“I’m now looking forward to a break,” he declared “But then there’s two parts to that, you obviously like to play competitive golf to test where your game is at so I will miss that side of it.

“A break won’t do me any harm, that’s for sure. I’ll have certainly more of a rest, getting your mind sharp, that kind of thing.

“I am probably going to take seven weeks. I’m going to play the Volvo Championship and then take a few more weeks after that.”

But while Harrington will be putting his feet up, Shane Lowry is targeting a top-30 money list finish to his fourth full season on Tour after posting a 67 for a share of 44th spot at nine under par.

“I am happy with the way the weekend went as my main goal was to get myself comfortably into next week, and I’ve just hit the ball beautifully the last two days and putted nicely as well,” said Lowry, ranked 35th in the Race to Dubai list.

“A five-under-par weekend is always good, even though it didn’t move me that much up the board but then it is the confidence more than anything else.”

Damien McGrane’s season ended with a 75, as he tied for 70th on two over par.


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