Monday 19 February 2018

harrington shows form

WHEN Colin Montgomerie heard the news that Padraig Harrington had moved into contention at the Barclays in New York, Europe's Ryder Cup captain nodded his approval like a gnarled prophet who has long known a thing or two about destiny. The jacket is now all but on Harrington's shoulders, WRITES MARK REASON.

"That's good. They're doing well. I knew they might," Montgomerie said. "That makes the job tougher in many ways and easier in others.

"We have to wait and see, but I was sure about Padraig -- when his back's to the wall he's done awfully well in the past. So, all credit to him for showing some form when he has to.

"I have asked Padraig to show me form for the last couple of months and I was interested in the way he reacted to taking six at the last (at the PGA) to miss the cut by one. Within five minutes of signing his card he was on the range. Christ. That says a lot about what he wants to do and what he wants to achieve."

Harrington finished his second round with a 68 for five-under, while overnight leader Tiger Woods had two early birdies in the second round of the Barclays.

But Woods, whose six-under-par 65 earned him a share of the lead after the first round, began to struggle and he hit four bogeys in a round of 73 to drop back to four-under -- four behind clubhouse leader Jason Day while Kevin Streelman shot a superb 63 to lie on seven under.

Another Ryder Cup hopeful, Paul Casey, lies a shot behind Harrington after a round of 69, while Rory McIlroy shot a disappointing 74 to leave himself on the the projected cut mark of level-par 142. (© (Daily Telegraph, London)

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