Friday 28 November 2014

Harrington reaps reward for all-out attack

Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30

Padraig Harrington played aggressively at Montreuz and reaped the rewards. (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)
Padraig Harrington played aggressively at Montreuz and reaped the rewards. (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

Padraig Harrington opted for all-out attack in the Barracuda Championship and it paid rich dividends in this $3m PGA Tour event.

Convinced aggression off the tee would be key at Montreux, Harrington surged up the leaderboard yesterday after blasting a series of boomers, one as far as 344 yards, into fairway on his homeward nine.

A brilliant chip-in eagle three from a bunker at the third and birdies at five and nine ensured the Dubliner finished the second day in Reno seven Stableford points to the good, boosting his tally for 36 holes to 17.

The damage caused by a couple of shuddering double-bogeys on the par-three 11th, where he hit his tee shot left, and the par-four 17th, where he pulled his drive, was completely wiped out.

Including a couple of early birdies at 12 and 13, Harrington proved aggression certainly pays under the modified Stableford scoring system which offers two points for each birdie and five for an eagle, while just one is deducted for bogey and three for double-bogey.

The 42-year-old went into the weekend on the fringes of the top-10 and with his morale high. Harrington was nine points behind runaway early clubhouse leader Nick Watney, but got within two birdies (or four points) of second halfway through yesterday's proceedings.

Irish Independent

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