Pro blames double bogey during Senior PGA Championship on "longest pee ever!"

A Tour pro has blamed his double-bogey 6 during the third round of the Senior PGA Championship on what he says was "the longest pee ever."

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Sun, 28 May 2023
Pro blames double bogey during Senior PGA Championship on "longest pee ever!"

Padraig Harrington currently leads the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship after a 68 on Saturday, but it could have been better, according to the Irishman, had it not been for "the longest pee ever."

Harrington, 51, went 4-under par through 18 holes on Saturday at Fields Ranch East, the host course located in Frisco, Texas. 

It was his second-straight 68 at the tournament after opening the event with an impressive 8-under par 64 to take an early two-stroke lead. 

His first 68, on Friday, was enough to extend his lead to three strokes. But after Saturday's second 68, Harrington's lead was reduced to just one over Steve Stricker. 

Stricker, 56, shot his own 64 Saturday in Texas to close the gap. Harrington was at 16-under par while Stricker was at 15-under after 54 holes. 

However, Harrington could have had a more comfortable gap heading into Sunday's final round had it not been for what he's said was "the longest pee ever."

Harrington was bogey-free Saturday through 15 holes when he arrived at the par-4 16th. He was 5-under par on his day and headed for another low round in the tournament. 

However, after some trouble with the toilets, Harrington left the 16th hole at 3-under par on his round and with a costly double-bogey 6 on his scorecard. 

Afterwards, while speaking to reporters, Harrington claimed that "the longest pee ever" had messed with his focus.

The four-time Champions Tour winner was asked how he was feeling after his round. 

And he went straight into defending his double:

"Probably have had the silliest, maybe the most silliest, I come up with the silliest excuse ever for making -- I'm glad I broke my par streak. It's not good not to have made a bogey. That's not a good thing. I know that sounds strange, so that's the first thing I'll say."

Then he explained:

"16 came out of nowhere, which is, I have a -- so, essentially, I went in the toilet. The door was locked. Took me a minutes to realize there wasn't somebody in there, another few, another while to get the door open. I had, as we are on the Champions Tour, I had the longest pee ever. And then I kind of rushed down the fairway and hit my shot. The second shot was kind of innocuous because the pin was so tight I was just playing 15 feet left of it and to be honest, yeah, I just, I wasn't -- I do that sometimes, I just wasn't focused, I wasn't into it and I hit a bad shot in the hazard.
"Disappointed I overplayed -- you know, I was trying to get a that up-and-down, so I'm disappointed that my first lie I went under it. The second one was a bad lie so I blast that out. But, yeah, so when you get over 50 it sometimes takes a long time to have a pee. And that was, yeah, that's my excuse. That's got to be original, I would assume."

Harrington, who won six times on the PGA Tour and fifteen more internationally, is now in his second season on the Champions circuit. 

This week he's searching for his second major championship in the senior league after winning the US Senior Open in 2022. 

He's also a winner of the PGA Championship, which he won in 2008. 

After Stricker, Stewart Cink is next on the leaderboard, alone in third at 13-under par.

There's then quite a big drop, as three players are then tied for fourth at 9-under par. 

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