No Paddy's Day boost for Harrington in New Delhi
A genuine 'Paddy' in every sense of the word, Pádraig Harrington donned a green golf shirt in honour of the national saint's day, but the fabled luck of the Irish deserted him in round one of the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi yesterday.
Harrington's opening 71 for one-under par left him feeling frustrated but he steeled himself for a new challenge in round two at New Delhi Golf Club.
A trip to India is no small undertaking, and Harrington wanted to make it a worthwhile journey for himself, the sponsors, and the galleries.
The overnight pace was set by American Daniel Im who shot a seven-under-par 65. Im, 30, who gained his European Tour card through Q-School in November, began his second round a shot ahead of Spaniards Jorge Campillo, Nacho Elvira and Prom Meesawat of Thailand.
Harrington hoped to make up some ground as he assessed his opening bid prior to teeing off for his second 18 on the tricky, tree-lined New Delhi lay-out.
"I played better than my score, especially early in my round.
"I would have been happier if I was three- or four-under. That's where I felt I should have been but that's the game," said Harrington.
Meanwhile, in the Barclays Kenya Open at Karen CC on the Challenge Tour, Gary Hurley was Ireland's best performer with a two-under-par 70.
The other Irish scores were: Gareth Shaw 71; Kevin Phelan 72; Gavin Moynihan 72; Ruaidhri McGee 76; Chris Selfridge 76.
The leaders were Moritz Lampert (Belgium) and South Africa's Danie van Tonder with six-under-par 66s.