Wednesday 26 July 2017

Harrington frustrated

Padraig Harrington had a frustrating start at the Northern Trust Open last night Photo: Getty Images
Padraig Harrington had a frustrating start at the Northern Trust Open last night Photo: Getty Images

A pair of bogeys at the turn summed up a frustrating round for Padraig Harrington at the €4.6m Northern Trust Open in California last night.

The Dubliner was making his seasonal debut and started well with a birdie at the 10th, his first hole, to help him to his seventh hole at one under par.

However, consecutive bogeys at the 17th and 18th hurt the momentum of the three-time Major winner who decided against using the controversial Ping Eye 2 wedge he had been practising with.

Harrington did manage to pick up a birdie on the next hole but a bogey on the par 3 sixth saw him sign for a one-over round of 72. American Dustin Johnson was the early clubhouse leader after he carded a seven-under 64.

Jesper Parnevik rolled back the years with a three-under par round. However Michael Sim, who came second in last week's Farmers Insurance Open, couldn't mirror that feat and he carded a 77.

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