Sat, Dec 04, 2010 - Page 19 News List

Harrington leads at Sun City, dashes for more practice

Reuters, SUN CITY, South Africa

Triple major winner Padraig Harrington ignored reporters and hastily headed to the practice range despite taking a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Sun City Challenge on Thursday.

The Irishman rebounded from a bogey at the 17th hole with a birdie at the last to fire a 66 at the Gary Player Country Club and overtake early pacesetter Ross Fisher (67) and world No. 1 Lee Westwood (68).

Harrington was in a spot of difficulty on 18 as his drive found the left semi-rough, but he produced one of the shots of the day to hit his approach shot over some trees and to within 1.2m of the flag, setting up the seventh birdie of his round.

Despite leading the field, Harrington was clearly unhappy about aspects of his play.

Englishman Fisher had led for most of the day, but then pushed his drive on the par-four 17th hole left of the fairway and, with his second blocked by trees, had to chip back on to the fairway. His third shot then flew the green and he was unable to avoid three-putting for double-bogey.

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