Monday 5 December 2016

Padraig Harrington's Irish Open hopes gone with the wind after nightmare third round

Published 30/05/2015 | 17:19

A disappointed Padraig Harrington after pitching onto the 8th Green at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship
A disappointed Padraig Harrington after pitching onto the 8th Green at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship

Padraig Harrington's hopes of a second Irish Open success were dashed at a blustery Royal County Down as Dane Soren Kjeldesen soared to the top of the leaderboard.

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Starting the day at, the three-time Major winner Harrington had hoped to apply pressure on the leaders, but dropped seven shots, including three in a  row in the final four holes, to finish the day 13 shots behind the leader.

German Maximilian Kieffer shot a course record 65, but along with Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello trails Kjeldesn by three shots after another scintillating round from the 40-year-old Dane.

It was a disappointing day for Irish challengers, with Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley shooting level round scores to remain at +3 and +4 respectively.

Graeme McDowell shot an impressive 69 to move up to three over heading into the final day of action while Sean Thornton (+5) and Darren Clarke (+6) will not be mounting a challenge tomorrow with Kjeldsen the man to beat.

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