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Ashun Wu Wins KLM Open As Harrington Posts Another Top Five Finish

Padraig Harrington fell short in his bid for a first European Tour title in two years.

In truth, the Irishman was always just off the pace of the leaders at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, but a quality back nine ensured a second top five finish in just four weeks.

After a six under round of 65 on Saturday, Harrington propelled himself into contention for the final 18 holes, starting just three shots off leader Chris Wood of England, unorthodox swing and all.

A bogey on the second hole stalled his momentum, and while the Dubliner rebounded on the fourth with a birdie, another birdie putt on five just went begging.

He drained a massive putt on the seventh to go just two back of the lead after another birdie on the par five 6th.

That was as close as he would get, with a birdie on ten sandwiched by dropped shots on holes nine and eleven. His title charge briefly reignited coming in, gaining strokes on the 15th and 18th to post a final round 68.

But it was playing partner Ashun Wu who held the clubhouse lead after a Sunday 67.

Harrington was -13 for the event, while Wu was -16 overall.

It looked for a time that it was Wood’s tournament to lose, having held a three shot lead after eleven holes.

A double bogey on the very next hole derailed his bid, however. While he would recover one of those dropped shots on the 13th, his inability to birdie any of the five remaining holes meant that a 15 under total was only good enough for second.

The win is Wu’s third on the European Tour.

As for Harrington, a fifth place to add to his runner-up at the Czech Masters last month bumps him up to 120th on the Race To Dubai list, a positive step after losing his PGA Tour card this season.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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