Padraig Harrington says "it would mean an awful lot" to become the oldest winner on the DP World Tour after teeing up a chance for victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Harrington, 51, has had a huge following over the past three days at Yas Links and briefly held the clubhouse lead on Saturday following a sublime 8-under 64.
That included a stretch of six consecutive birdies from hole No. 11.
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If Harrington were to be victorious at the first Rolex Series event of 2023 - which carries a prize purse of $9m - he would become the oldest winner by 11 days.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez holds the record when he won the 2014 Spanish Open aged 50 years and 133 days.
Harrington was in full bloom in 2022 and claimed four PGA Tour Champions victories.
He wants to still "mix it with the big boys" and his 64 and proved his continued efforts off the course are paying off.
Harrington told the media:
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.@ShaneLowryGolf takes the lead at Yas Links. #ADGolfChamps | #RolexSeries pic.twitter.com/wq4XOKWAen— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) January 21, 2023
Harrington's last DP World Tour victory at the 2016 Portugal Masters. It marked his 15th victory on the European-based circuit.
By the end of play on Saturday it was Australia's Min Woo Lee, Shane Lowry and Francesco Molinari who shared the clubhouse lead at 13-under.
Scotland's Grant Forrest, Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg, and France's Victor Perez are T-3 at 12-under.
Adrian Meronk, George Coetzee and Antoine Rozner round off the top-10 and still have a chance to claim the win as they are only two strokes off the lead.
A number of LIV Golf League players teed it up this week. Those included Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson.
Each player has made strong comments about LIV and the DP World Tour.
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