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Harrington in mix after erratic day

Padraig Harrington enjoyed a rollercoaster ride of fortune and misadventure yesterday to remain in contention for victory after three days of the Shell Houston Open in Texas.

Harrington's scorecard included a 13th-hole eagle along with four birdies but also four bogeys and a fifth-hole double-bogey in a level-par round of 72 that kept him on six under par.

After starting the day in a share of eighth position the triple Major-winning Dubliner ended his day in the same place on the leaderboard.

"I was trying to be aggressive out there and the course was set-up like a Saturday course, with tricky pin-positions -- if you hit good shots you made birdies and if you hit bad shots you got in an awful lot of trouble," said Harrington.

"I didn't do a huge amount wrong apart from two sixes on the front-nine but then it was nice to get back with a birdie at 12 and the eagle at 13.

"I see that 10-under par is leading and I can't believe I am really only four shots off the lead.

"So I've actually stayed where I am on the board with a 72."

The American duo of Anthony Kim and Bryce Molder head the $5.8m event on 10-under par; they are two strokes clear of compatriots Joe Ogilvie and Vaughn Taylor.

England's Lee Westwood, who is looking to end a 12-year winless drought in the States, matched Harrington's 72 to stay at seven under par.

Sunday Independent