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How much money did Padraig Harrington win? The prize money for the US Senior Open

Padraig Harrington's first senior major championship saw him pocket a cool €681,000 on Sunday.

The Dubliner added to his three major championships on the regular tour when fending off Steve Stricker win the US Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Harrington, who became eligible for the Champions Tour when turning 50 last August, held a six shot lead at the turn in the final round and looked to be in complete control.

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But Stricker, who captained a US side to beat Harrington's European outfit in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, came alive on the back nine to shoot a 65 to put Harrington under massive pressure.

Realising with two holes left to play that he had a chance, Stricker birdied 17 and 18 but, ultimately, missed putts on 15 and 16 proved costly as Harrington stuttered towards the finish line.

On Saturday, the Dubliner said he had "basically given myself a lot of hands to win this" with his third round but he quickly put himself on the back foot in his final round, failing to birdie the first and then bogeying the second.

Harrington steadied the ship on the second par five, the sixth, with his first birdie of the round, gave it back again at the next only to respond with another birdie on the eight hole.

But the wheels came off a little after the turn as the Stackstown man dropped a shot on 10 and 11, the result of losing his rhythm with his putting.

The bogey on 10 was particularly frustrating for him as his attempt to drive onto or around the green saw his ball embedded in rough just above a bunker.

He took a free drop but barely advanced his ball in the rough and had to take his medicine, chipping onto the green to leave himself a long par putt that he missed.

On 11, he failed to hole a four-footer for par and he had to dig deep from there.

Harrington did just that, holing a crucial 25-footer for birdie on 15 to keep his nose in front. Stricker's big finish left him just one shot behind and, knowing the score, the Irishman coaxed a long putt down to close to the hole on 16 before making the par putt.

However while his tee shot on 17 made the green, he was left with another tricky long downhill putt and again showed mettle when left with a six-footer for par, finding the bottom of the cup to leave the final hole to negotiate.

A confident drive split the fairway on 18 and, with par enough to avoid a play-off with Stricker, Harrington put himself 30 foot from the hole with his approach and a solid putt left him with a three footer to win, which he confidently rattled into the bottom of the cup to win the big prize.

Harrington said: "It's very special.

"The reason I'm on the Champions Tour is I want to win, I want to win big events and majors on the Champions Tour.

"You might go out on the regular Tour and it's a struggle, you come here and you've got the crowd here rooting for you, rooting against you in places.

"It's why we do it and as my caddy said to me out there, 'would you want to be anywhere else', even as tough as it is coming down the stretch with a one shot lead, he kept reminding me 'would I rather be anywhere else, you would have taken this at the start of the week'."

Stricker commented: "I thought if I could get to nine or 10, and he would have had to back up, really, at the start of the day.

"I had a couple of putts on 15 and 16 I wish I could have had over, but I played well today."

Harrington's first professional win since 2016 saw him pocket €681,000 ($720,000) for the winner's prize. He will now travel to Kilkenny, where he is teeing it up at this week's Irish Open at Mount Juliet.

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