Sunday 11 December 2016

Harrington struggles continue

Published 11/06/2011 | 05:00

Padraig Harrington's prospects of making an impact at next week's US Open were given a timely boost yesterday when he scraped through the cut in Memphis.

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The Dubliner spent a hot afternoon at the FedEx St Jude Classic dangling perilously just below the cut line on two-over par after completing a second-round 72 before lunch.

On the face of it, Harrington's discomfort could be blamed on the errant tee shot he hit into the water on his way to a bogey five at TPC Southwind's exacting 18th hole.

That was an exasperating error after a nice-up-and-down birdie from a greenside bunker at the par-five 16th had handed him a lifeline.

Yet, in contrast with Thursday's tidy round of level-par 70, the 39-year-old played poorly yesterday, missing 12 of 15 fairways and hitting just eight of 18 greens in regulation, hardly the sort of form to inspire confidence in his US Open prospects.

After three weeks off, much of it spent nursing the knee injury that caused him to miss the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Harrington (above) sorely needed another 36 holes in Memphis to get his game back into competitive order.

While he also birdied 16 from the sand on Thursday, his problems started yesterday when he registered his second bogey six in 24 hours at the third -- this time three-putting from 11 feet. Further bogeys at six and seven saw the Dubliner slip to three-over but a wonderful tee shot to inches at the par-three eighth yielded a glorious if rare birdie.

Robert Karlsson set the clubhouse lead on nine-under after a sparkling second-round 65 extended to six the Swede's run of consecutive rounds in the 60s at Southwind since his debut last year, when he was beaten in sudden death by Lee Westwood.

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