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Friday 15 December 2017

New putter does trick for Padraig

A change of putter certainly paid off for Padraig Harrington at the Wyndham Championship yesterday as he holed out from 15 feet at 17 for one of the most important birdies of the Dubliner's season.

Harrington's determination to make the 125-man elite field in next week's Barclays Championship, the first of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, led him to cancel a holiday in the Bahamas this week and play at Greensboro instead.

The Dubliner's decision to dump the trusty Odyssey Two-Ball with which he won his three Majors and opt for the TaylorMade Ghost Spider did the trick.

Though he three-putted the first and dropped another shot after missing the green at the fourth, Harrington fought back with birdies at six, nine, 15 and, 17 as he compiled the 68 which squeezed him through the cut on three-under.

Starting the week in 130th in the FedEx rankings, Harrington is likely to make The Barclays field if he finishes in the top 30 at Sedgefield.

Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey (36) established a solid clubhouse lead on 12-under after following-up on Thursday's 63 with a 65 yesterday. Former factory worker Gainey had 19 threes in his first 36 holes as he set off in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory.

The day after Fabien Gomez achieved the PGA Tour's third albatross of the season at Sedgefield's 15th hole on Thursday, Derek Lamely yesterday aced the 159 yards par-three 16th.

Smyth puts on style at Scotland Senior

DES SMYTH fired a two-under-par 70 on day one of the Scottish Senior Open at St Andrews Bay yesterday -- and was quick to praise the long-handled putter he uses.

Smyth has been an advocate for more than 10 years but believes golf's ruling body will be hard-pressed to ban the controversial putter now -- particularly after the recent successes of Keegan Bradley in the US PGA and Adam Scott.

"What is surprising is that it took so long. If the R&A want to ban the putter all they have to do is bring in a rule but also give everyone a few years' notice," said Smyth.

Australia's Peter Fowler leads on seven-under-par from England's Barry Lane and Jerry Bruner (USA).

•Rebecca Codd posted a level-par 72 in the second round of the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open, lifting herself into a tie for 31st on three-over par.

•Gary Murphy has three holes of his second round to complete as bad weather wiped out yesterday's programme in the Ecco Tour Championship. At five-over-par through 33 holes, Murphy needs a spectacular finish to make the cut.

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