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Harrington sends reminder to Monty

Ireland's Padraig Harrington provided a timely reminder of his ability to European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie with a second solid round to leave him in contention at the Barclays.

A 68, following on from Thursday's opening 69, left the Dubliner on five under par - three strokes adrift of leader Jason Day.

Harrington, waiting on Montgomerie's wildcard selections to discover if he will compete at Celtic Manor, said: "After missing the cut in the (USPGA) the last thing I wanted was to come here and miss the cut-off or play poorly here and then say, well, maybe I'm out of form."

He added: "I believe that Monty should make a decision based on the full year and who is going to play consistently and who we can rely on to play well. But in the last tournament of the year, a couple of days before the team is going to be picked, it's nice to be showing a bit of form. It won't do me any harm. It's no burden to carry it, let's say."

Six birdies more than cancelled out his three dropped shots to boost his bid for victory in the opening event of the FedEx Cup series, although he admitted: "I should be better than five under par myself. But it's neither here nor there, if it stays within a few of the lead that's fine. I'm in position to (challenge) as long as nobody runs away with it."

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