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Harrington's in share of lead at Indonesia Open

GOLF: Triple major winner Pádraig Harrington raced into a share of the lead at the Indonesia Open yesterday before his second round charge at the Asian Tour event was halted by bad weather.

The Dubliner was five-under-par through 12 holes of his second round at the Damai Indah Golf course near Jakarta when play was called off.

His 12-under total left him tied with Thanyakon Khrongpha after the talented Thai compiled a brilliant eight-under-par 63 before the weather delay.

Harrington (right) and 66 other players will return early today to finish their second rounds at the $750,000 event.

Harrinton, whose last win came on the Asian Tour at the 2010 Johor Open, will be hoping for a repeat of yesterday's fast start when he completes his second round.

"I hit a nice drive and a five iron to about 15 feet for eagle. I birdied the next two as well. It was nice to be four-under after three holes," said the 43-year-old, who has slumped to number 385 in the world rankings. "I didn't play quite solid after that but we'll have to see if I can finish strongly.

"The course is playing nicely. There was a bit of wind in the afternoon which made it trickier. As I play more rounds, I get to know the course a little better. I have an early wake-up call tomorrow so hopefully I can continue to do well."

Tiger sweats it out in Florida

GOLF: Tiger Woods shook off the effects of a fever as he played the front nine in even par in yesterday second round of the Hero World Challenge in Florida.

Woods, who shot an opening five-over-par 77 on Thursday in his first competition since August, had already sweated through his grey shirt as he stood on the first tee after politely declining to shake sponsors' hands because he was afraid he was contagious.

The tournament host, whose foundation benefits from the 18-player event, promptly striped his tee shot, knocked his approach five feet from the cup and made birdie.

That was his lone birdie on the outward nine, squandering a chance from five feet on the par-three fifth. He gave a shot back at the par-four eighth when he bladed a chip from short of the green about 60 feet past the hole and two-putted for bogey.

Meanwhile, at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, Luke Donald showed the class which saw him top the world rankings in 2011 as he carded a nine-under par 63 to head into the weekend two shots clear of the field.

Ireland's Shane Lowry endured a mixed day claiming another par to sit on level par overall.

Lowry hit a bogey on the second hole and followed that up with a double bogey on the third but pulled it back, hitting four birdies between the 6th and 14th holes before another bogey on the 15th left him with a round of 72.

Ronnie rockets into semis

SNOOKER: Birthday boy Ronnie O'Sullivan clinched a 6-4 come-from-behind victory against Anthony McGill to move into the semi-finals of the Coral UK Championship yesterday, where he will face Stuart Bingham.

Four-time champion O'Sullivan, celebrating his 39th birthday, overcame a sluggish start to the quarter-final encounter with John Higgins conqueror McGill to clinch victory with one frame to spare at the Barbican Centre in York.

O'Sullivan, playing on a broken left ankle sustained while running last week, quickly found himself two frames down before two breaks of 38 got him on the board.

Further breaks of 98 and 125 in the fourth and fifth frames helped O'Sullivan, who compiled a 147 break to cap off a 6-0 last-16 whitewash of Matthew Selt on Thursday, into a 3-2 lead.

McGill levelled at 3-3 with breaks of 38 and 25, before O'Sullivan responded with a 57 and a follow-up 20 to retake the lead, and then won the next frame with a 33 and a 25 to close to within a frame of victory.

McGill was not about to throw in the towel and reduced his opponent's lead to 5-4 with a superbly-crafted century break in the ninth frame, but his resistance finally ended when O'Sullivan hit back with a 97 in the 10th to win the match and keep his hopes of winning a fifth title alive.


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