Harrington stung by hat-trick of three putts

Fri Oct 9, 2015 11:51am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Padraig Harrington's euphoric mood following Ireland's shock Euro 2016 qualifying win over world soccer champions Germany the night before evaporated all too quickly at the British Masters on Friday.

The 44-year-old Dubliner started his second round at Woburn on the 10th hole and was soon cursing his luck, having three-putted the 11th, 12th and 13th for a hat-trick of bogeys.

The tall pine trees lining the par-71 layout situated 50 miles north of London tend to blot out some of the autumnal sunshine, throwing shadows across the greens that make it difficult for the players to read the subtle breaks.

"I putted well yesterday but today I had three three-putts early on that put me on the back foot for the rest of the round," Harrington told Reuters in an interview after carding a one-over-par 72 for a four-under total of 138.

"It was very, very hard to read the greens today. My three three-putts were definitely down to the shadows.

"I hit three good first putts, all from 35 feet or so, but I just misjudged them in the shadows," said Harrington.

"It does make a big difference, I've got to say, seeing the slopes and that. It's a lot more easy to see the lines when there aren't any shadows around."

Harrington, however, is still within touching distance of the early pacesetters, Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Matthew Fitzpatrick of England.   Continued...

Golf - The British Masters - Woburn Golf Club - 9/10/15
Ireland's Padraig Harrington during the second round
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton