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Three-putt woes for Harrington


Harrington's putting let him down at the Phoenix Open

Harrington's putting let him down at the Phoenix Open

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Harrington's putting let him down at the Phoenix Open

Two three-putt bogeys on the back nine blighted Padraig Harrington's card as a two-under 69 left him dangling just outside the projected cut mark on level par early in round two of his first US outing of 2014, the Phoenix Open.

Harrington pitched in brilliantly from a greenside trap for birdie two at seven; made bogey four at 12 after three-putting from 30 feet and, after a run of three birdies in five holes, took three putts from 38 feet for a dispiriting five at 18.

Matt Jones shot 65 and Bubba Watson 66 to share the early clubhouse lead at TPC Scottsdale on 12-under.

It was a bad day for England's Lee Westwood as he followed up his 67 on Thursday with a 75 that included four bogeys and a double-bogey. Westwood picked up birdies on the 15th and 17th, but that may not save him from the cut as he sits alongside Harrington on level par.





Emma O'Driscoll gave her most impressive performance of the week to shoot up the leaderboard and on to the heels of the pacemakers in the Portugese Ladies Amateur Championship in Lisbon yesterday.

The 21-year-old Irish Colleges stroke-play champion from Ballybunnion fired a stunning four-under par 68 over the Montado course to follow her scores of 73 and 74 for a 54-hole aggregate of 215.

It was a flawless round with a sprinkling of birdies and devoid of bogeys.

O'Driscoll goes into the fourth and final round today five strokes adrift of new leader Luna Galmes,the hugely talented Spaniard who also had a 68 yesterday to replace Silvia Ibanez as the top player.

Lisburn's Irish Champion Paula Grant posted another respectable score of 72 for a 220 aggregate, with Mary Doyle further back on 223 and teenager Olivia Mehaffey from Royal County Down on 226.

Irish Independent