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Sunday 17 December 2017

Harrington suffers early setback

Padraign Harrington is down in 36th spot on three under par and seven shots adrift of leader Johan Edfors. Photo: Getty Images
Padraign Harrington is down in 36th spot on three under par and seven shots adrift of leader Johan Edfors. Photo: Getty Images

An early double-bogey set Padraig Harrington right back in his attempt to make up lost ground at the Vivendi Cup in Paris today.

After five holes of his second round the three-time major winner, who added the event to his schedule as a warm-up for next week's Ryder Cup, was down in 36th spot on three under par and seven shots adrift of leader Johan Edfors.



Harrington has not won a tour event since the US PGA Championship 25 months ago and having failed to win a game in the last two Ryder Cup matches against the Americans, he was Colin Montgomerie's most debatable wild card pick for Celtic Manor.



After an opening 68 at Golf de Joyenval he said that three more rounds would do him "no end of good," but after a birdie on the long fourth hole of the Retz course - two are being used for the first 36 holes in a pro-am format - he ran up a six on the 348-yard next.



Swede Edfors had matched the lowest round of the European Tour season so far with his 11-under 61 over the Marly lay-out, but he resumed with a bogey five and was only one ahead of England's John Parry and David Dixon.

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