Thursday 18 January 2018

Harrington crashes with a Double-bogey

Padraig Harrington's hopes of honing his game for next week's PGA Championship with an adventure-packed weekend in the Sierra Nevada Mountains were dashed on the final hole of his second round at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Harrington's second double-bogey six of the day on the ninth at Montreux Golf and country Club dropped him two points outside the projected cut mark ... now he has the option of an early reconnaissance mission to PGA venue Oak Hill in Rochester, New York.

Under the modified stableford scoring system in operation in Reno, those two double-bogeys cost Harrington six points and left him with a tally of just two for 36 holes. Points are awarded only for birdies (two), eagles (five) and albatrosses (eight). After beginning his second round with seven sterile pars, the Dubliner rebounded from his shocking six at 17 by firing off a sparkling string of birdies at his next four holes through the turn.

Argentina's Andres Romero led by three in the clubhouse on 22 points.

* Philip Walton and Des Smyth played nicely at the Berenberg Senior Masters in Cologne to get within hailing distance of leader Greg Turner.

Walton landed four birdies in the first round 70, which left him tied 11th. He was five shy of Turner after a superb seven-under-par 65 by the New Zealander. Smyth shared 19th after a 71.

* A Korean name topped the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Women's British Open in St Andrews, but it was not the one that everybody had expected.

For while Inbee Park's bid to win a fourth major in succession faltered with a second-round 73, her compatriot Na Yeon Choi, surged to the front with a round of 67 in the blustery conditions.

Choi posted one bogey as she matched her opening day score. Afterwards, the 25 year-old explained that it was the arrival of her coach, former Ireland junior international Robin Symes, that had given her a boost. "He gave me a pep talk," Choi said.

Japan's Miki Saiki is second after a 66 in which she eagled two of the front-nine par-fours, pitching in from over 100 yards at the fourth and seventh holes.

Irish Independent

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