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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Harrington on course to end two-year title drought

William S Callahan

Padraig Harrington looks set to finally end a two-year title drought at the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

The triple Major winner carded a second-round five-under-par 67 to move to 13-under-par and one stroke clear of Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-tang on the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club course.

Harrington holed a 25-foot putt for eagle at the sixth along with four birdies in the US$1.25m Asian Tour event.

"I didn't play as well as a 67 and I got a few breaks on the back nine," Harrington said. "I struggled quite a lot but I holed a long putt that got my round going a bit, hit two nice shots to make eagle but still had to hole a 25-footer, which was a bit of a bonus to come back like that.


"After 11 holes, I would have settled for one or two-under, so five-under is certainly a bonus. But there's no point in being defensive out there.

"There are a lot of birdies to be made and I've made a few eagles. I've got to keep going like that. I've got to keep moving forward, play well and take a lead into Sunday."

If successful, it will be Harrington's first win since capturing the 2008 US PGA Championship and also make amends for two prior second places in the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie made the halfway cut with rounds of 70 and 71 for a three-under-par tally. South Africa's Retief Goosen, with scores of 68 and 73, also ended at three-under-par.

Irish Independent

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