Padraig Harrington paid a golf fan $300 to take his wife to dinner after crashing a drive into his head en route to losing out in a playoff to Steve Stricker at the Senior PGA Championship.
Harrington, 51, held a commanding five-stroke lead at one stage on the weekend at Fields Ranch East in Dallas.
But things went awry for the Irishman ever since taking, in his words, "the longest pee ever" in the third round.
Harrington, who led by one heading into the final round, found himself one stroke behind Stricker with three holes to play on Sunday.
It was on 16 where the drama unfolded.
The three-time major champion smashed a wayward drive into a fan's head and his ball bounded back towards the fairway.
Harrington trudged over to the fan, who was nursing his sore head in the back of a buggy.
"Thank you very much, you got it going in the right direction," joked Harrington .
The fan replied: "I tried to get you back on the fairway."
Harrington then signed a glove for the fan, who said "good luck the rest of the way."
The fan was asked by Harrington if his wife was around, to which he replied: "No she's back in the clubhouse."
Harrington then took out his wallet and peeled out $300 for the fan to take his wife out to dinner.
As apologies go, it was a good one.
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"I bought him a dinner," said Harrington.
"He nutted my ball back to the fairway. So, yeah, like, you give him a glove, but it never really seems adequate to give a guy a glove. He's a grown man, like what's he want with a glove with my signature?
"So I thought - he said his wife was inside - but, please take your wife out for dinner on me was the sort of thing. I don't know, I hope I gave him enough for dinner. (Laughing.) 300 dollars should cover it, wouldn't it?"
Harrington birdied the 18th hole to send the tournament into extra holes, but unfortunately he would find the hazard with his second shot at the first extra hole when hacking his ball out of thick rough.
Despite firing a stunning fairway wood from outside of 230 yards to some 15 feet, Harrington would miss the par save to hand Stricker a sixth senior major title.