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Harrington leads Irish PGA; Green in front at Barclays

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Padraig-Harrington-001Most golf fans (minus those living in the Upper Midwest) will be turning their attention over the next two weeks across the pond for some quality golf, as the Barclays and the Irish PGA host some of the best in the world this week before moving down the coast to Turnberry for the British Open.

All in all, this is probably the one time (possibly second if you believe John Huggans’ piece) all year where the PGA Tour isn’t the place to be. With that in mind, I figure we should probably turn our attention across the pond and cover the relevant Tour talk.

Day two recap at the Irish PGA Championship; Day one recap and The Barclays Scottish Open:

Harrington in front by one after two rounds
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Paddy Harrington’s at the top of the leaderboard. After firing a three-under par 68 in round one (his first sub-par round since May), Harrington followed it up on Thursday with a tidy one-under 70 to move one shot ahead of first round leader Leslie Walker.

Analysis: Great news considering Harrington couldn’t find the Atlantic ocean with a golf ball this season. A switch back to an old putting grip last Saturday turned his game around at the right time. It’s great news for Harrington; bad news for the competition.

Green grabs Barclays lead with six birdies, eagle

Whew! That’s the kind of start most players can only hope for. Green was four-under before he bogeyed the 12th at Loch Lomond. But the bogey proved to be nothing more than a small bump, as Green proceeded to go four-under over his next three holes. Talk about coming back with avengeance.

Analysis:There’s not much to say here, really. Green has the lead over a host of golfers you’ve never heard of. With the exception of Adam Scott, I’d bet most of you know 3-4 of the names in the top 20 (unless you follow the European Tour). Geoff Ogilvy — the highest ranked player in the field — shot a two-under 69 in the first round.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/09/2009 at 5:51 pm

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