Thursday 23 November 2017

Padraig Harrington within striking distance of a medal ahead of Olympic golf final day

Rio , Brazil - 13 August 2016; Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the 16th green during Round 3 of the Men's Strokeplay competition at the Olympic Golf Course, Barra de Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Rio , Brazil - 13 August 2016; Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the 16th green during Round 3 of the Men's Strokeplay competition at the Olympic Golf Course, Barra de Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It was a mixed day for the Irish golfers in round three of the Olympic tournament, with Padraig Harrington just about putting himself in contention for a medal while Seamus Power drifted down the leaderboard.

Midway through the day it look like both men would be in hunt as Power birdied twice to move to -6 through four while Harrington shot up the field after picking up four shots to leave himself on -5 at the turn.

At that stage, England's Justin Rose lead on -10 after two front nine eagles, but unfortunately for Team Ireland, Power subsequently bogeyed five times to finish with a +3 round, which leaves him on -1 for the tournament in a tie for 26th.

Harrington briefly slipped down the leaderboard with bogeys at 10 and 11, but he made those shots back on 16 and 17 to record a four under round of 67, which leaves him on -5 and in a tie for 9th.

The leaders are still out on the course, but as it stands, Rose leads on -12, followed by Sweden's Henrik Stenson on -11 and Australia's Marcus Fraser on -9.

Were it to remain like that, Harrington would retain an outside chance of a top three finish and an Olympic medal.

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