Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Harrington’s saving grace

A goalkeeper in his youth, Padraig Harrington tore several leaves out of Shay Given's book yesterday, producing a series of world class saves to keep his FedEx Cup campaign ticking over nicely in the first round of The BMW Championship

Harrington had hoped to keep the adrenaline flowing as he entered his fifth tournament in six weeks at Cog Hill and he certainly achieved that during an highly-eventful round of three under par 68.

The in-form Dubliner's seventh successive round in the 60's left him within two strokes of Rory Sabbatini's clubhouse lead on five-under after the South African fired a sweet 66 in Chicago.

Harrington drained a nine foot putt for birdie on his opening hole and rolled home an 11-footer for his third of a bogey free day at the last.

“If I'd won over the last couple of weeks, like when I won my Majors last year, I'd have a big dropoff straight away,” the Dubliner explained as he entered his fifth tournament in six weeks.

Last Monday's winner in Boston and FedEx leader, Steve Stricker plummeted down the leaderboard while Tiger Woods swept to three-under par.

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