Thursday 22 February 2018

Harrington enjoys silver lining after storm delay

William S Callahan

IRELAND'S Padraig Harrington picked up two birdies in the four holes he needed to play yesterday morning to complete his storm-delayed opening-round 69 at the Travelers Championship.

This left the Dubliner six off the first-round lead set by PGA Tour rookie Jim Renner (27), from Boston, with a seven-under-par 63. Renner would then drop three shots on the first three holes of his second round as Webb Simpson (66 65) and Vaughn Taylor (65 66) scooted into the early clubhouse lead on nine-under.

Bang on the projected cut mark of one-under as the first round concluded, Harrington is not scheduled to complete 36 holes until mid-morning in Cromwell, Connecticut, today.

He had just landed his first birdie of the tournament on the par-four fifth hole, his 14th, to get himself back to one-over for the tournament when thunderstorms brought play to a halt.

Harrington had just hit his tee shot into mid-fairway on the par-five sixth when the hooter sounded and he took full advantage of this opportunity upon his return to the rain-softened golf course early yesterday morning.

After hitting a 255-yard three-wood which left him just short of the green in two, Harrington chipped to seven feet and sank the putt for birdie, then holed-out from 30 feet for another at the par-three eighth. Harrington's play from tee to green generally was good in the first round as he found 10 of 14 fairways and hit 13 of 18 greens.

A cold putter had limited him to a tie for 45th at last week's US Open in Congressional, but the three birdies he picked up in the final five holes of his first round at the Travelers suggested Harrington's ready to resume business as usual with his flat-iron.

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