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Sunday 18 March 2018

Harrington in mix at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach was treated to a display of vintage Padraig Harrington yesterday as the Dubliner produced plenty of thrills and a couple of spills during the second round of the $6.3m AT&T National Pro-Am, WRITES WILLIAM S CALLAHAN.

Harrington went around Pebble Beach in 68 to move to seven-under for the tournament, six off the early clubhouse lead set by playing companion Steve Marino, who shot 66.

The 30-year-old American has yet to register his first win on the US Tour but judging by the quality of Marino's golf on the first two days of this event, his maiden victory cannot be far away.

Marino and Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond also established the early clubhouse lead in the team event on 18-under, while Harrington and JP McManus have only an outside chance of making tomorrow's team final after running up a tally of 10-under.

However, Harrington's sights are firmly on the main prize, his hopes of a first PGA Tour victory since the 2008 PGA Championship resting squarely on his short game and his putting.

On the first hole, Harrington missed the fairway but laid-up to 63 yards before pitching and putting to save par and followed up with a series of splendid one-putts for birdie at the second, third, fourth and par-five sixth.

He dropped just two shots, at the par-three seventh and vicious par-five 14th, while his other birdies were landed at eight and 11.

Coakley misses cut

IRELAND'S Rebecca Coakley, bemused by the greens at the Royal Pines Resort, fell on the wrong side of the lowest cut in the 22-year history of the ANZ Masters.

After following-up on Thursday's 72 with a 70 yesterday, Coakley still missed the boat on Australia's Gold Coast. "What a day. Shoot two-under, finish on two-under and find the cut is four-under. That's the lowest cut I've seen on my six years on Tour," said the Carlow woman. "Guess I need to figure out how to hole putts on those greens."

Galway-born Alison Walshe (69) also finished on two-under. Stacy Lewis from the US and Kristie Smith of Australia both shot 65 to share the lead on 12-under.

Irish Independent

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