Harrington’s Irish Open ebb and flow

“There are ebbs and flows in any tournament.”
This was overnight leader Padraig Harrington’s glass half-full mantra after slipping down the leaderboard with a second round 73, ten shots worse than his round one course record of 63 that set the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open ablaze at sun-splashed Lahinch on Thursday.
On Friday, as the wind picked up and the cloud cover descended, so did the inconsistency in the three-time major winner’s game as he struggled against the course after opening with a bogey five on the first.
It wasn’t until the 13th that he picked up a shot to par — by then he had dropped four strokes, but after another bogey on 15 he finished with a birdie four on 18 to lie five adrift of the pace that’s set by South African Zander Lombard at nine under, after he followed up his opening round of seven under 64 with a second round of three under 67.
Harrington’s three over par round allowed 26-year-old Cormac Sharvin from Down assume leadership of the home challenge on five under par,after adding a one under 69 for his four under par round of 66 for 135 total.
“It was exceptionally difficult out there early on,” revealed Harrington. “When you are going out leading in bad conditions you are going to be tentative in the first place. There were crosswinds, rain and some tough pin positions and you need a good strong short game. That let me down today. I didn’t create any momentum. I didn’t free up at all until the last couple of holes, but that’s the nature of it. There are ebbs and flows in any tournament,” he added.
With more of the flow to come on Saturday he hopes picks it up once more. “Four-under par, I’m still in there,” said the 2007 champion afterwards. “It was nice to birdie the last. It somewhat gives me something to look forward to over the weekend.”


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