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Harrington feels the heat

PADRAIG Harrington needs a big final-round display at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston to keep his FedEx Cup season alive.

The Dubliner recorded a one-under-par 70 that keeps him well down the leaderboard going into the final day.

And unless he improves to finish within the top 35, the three-time Major winner is unlikely to make the next round of the FedEx Cup in Chicago as he looks to get into the top 70 in the overall standings.

Harrington survived the cut despite shooting a disappointing 73 on Saturday, but he produced a solid round yesterday, with a bogey on the seventh the only blemish as he birdied the first and 12th. Graeme McDowell is on four-under; a brilliant eagle on the 18th rescued him after a shaky day.

However, Phil Mickleson's 63 really caught the eye. The American shot a super round that vaulted him to seven-under. He got things rolling with three straight birdie putts inside three feet that began at the par-five second. He eagled the 12th but couldn't take advantage of any more chances until he two-putted 18 from 11 feet.

Bubba Watson leads the tournament on 11-under, with a host of players one shot back.

Irish Independent