Wednesday 25 April 2018

Lowry puts pain behind him as Harrington continues comeback

Padraig Harrington acknowledges the crowd. Photo: Sportsfile
Padraig Harrington acknowledges the crowd. Photo: Sportsfile

William S Callahan

Pádraig Harrington will continue his comeback from a neck injury when he tees off at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio today.

The 45-year-old will hope to better his BMW PGA Championship performance, where he failed to make the cut, as he tees it up alongside Matt Kuchar and Brian Stuard at 5.54pm Irish time.

Shane Lowry will also hope to put the pain of Wentworth behind him at Muirfield Village, after he just missed out on last week's €1 million top prize.

The Offaly man had to settle for an agonising five-way tie for second place last week after leading on the penultimate day.

He will start in Ohio off the 10th tee with Jim Furyk and Greg Chalmers for company at 6.16pm this evening.

Meanwhile, on the European Tour, Paul Dunne is the sole Irish competitor in action at the Nordea Masters in Sweden when he tees off at 2.20pm with Jeff Winther and local amateur Hannes Rönneblad.

Rory McNamara is first of the Irish off at 9.20pm on the Challenge Tour's Swiss Challenge at Lucerne where Ruaidhri McGee, Kevin Phelan, David Carey and Stephen Grant are also in action.

Elsewhere, European captain Thomas Bjorn has named Sweden's Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

Karlsson twice represented Europe in the biennial contest against the United States, firstly as part of the record-equalling team at The K Club in 2006 and secondly in the side defeated at Valhalla two years later.

The 47-year-old ended 2008 as the European No 1 after two victories and 10 other top-10 finishes, three of which came in Major championships.

Nordea Masters

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