Irish Open: Padraig Harrington & # 039; s 73 throws him five behind leader Zander Lombard

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Padraig Harrington dropped four shots in his first seven holes on FridayDubai Duty Free Irish Open second leader leaderboard-9 Z Lombard (SA); -8 E. Pepperell (Eng); -7 A Ancer (Mex), J Campillo (Spa), L Westwood (Eng) Other selected: -6 A Sullivan (Eng); -5 C Sharvin (NI), R Knox (Scot); -4 P Harrington (Ire), S Power (Ire), M Wallace (Eng), M Kaymer (Ger), T Fleetwood (Eng); -2 J Rahm (Spa), S Lowry (Ire), L Oosthuizen (SA); -1 Poulter (Eng); +2 D Willett (Eng); +4 G McDowell; +7 D Clarke (NI) Full leaderboard (external site)

Padraig Harrington was unable to hold his day one heroic at the Irish Open as a second round 73 lowered him five off the tempo in Lahinch.

Harrington & # 39; s round was 10 shots more than its opening seven-under-par 63 when South Africa Zander Lombard took the lead on nine under after a 67.

Eddie Pepperell of England is a stroke behind Lombard with Lee Westwood underneath that a new shot from the pace.

Cormac Sharvin from Northern Ireland hit a 69 to share the twelfth place out of five.

Rain hit Harrington challenge

When rain fell on Friday & morning in Lahinch, 47-year-old Harrington dropped four shots in his first seven holes to lower the leaderboard to tumble.

"They were really tough circumstances," the triple big winner Sky Sports told after his round

"I was a bit careful and could have done better with my short game."

The first birdie of the European Ryder Cup captain at the age of 13 was immediately canceled out on the 14th, but he took a shot at the end, after barely missing a 25-foot-eagle-putt.

World number 316 Lombard, 24, increased his chances of winning a first victory in the European Tour when he entered the clubhouse lead by adding a 67 to his opening 64 after playing his last 11 holes in five under par.

Lombard has missed its last six cuts on the European Tour, but shared sixth place in last year's Irish Open in Ballyliffin.

The round of Eddie Pepperell was emphasized by an eagle on the 12th

Pepperell back in action after resting back injury

World number 36 Pepperell, played his first event in seven weeks after resting a recurring back injury, moved to nine down after an eagle on the 12th but bogeyed 14 and was unable to hit the par-five last.

Spaniard Jorge Campillo, who won his first European Tour event in Morocco earlier this year, came home in 30 to play a 64 and was merged into seven by Mexico's Abraham Ancer and Westwood, fighting back two early bogeys to sign for a 67.

Andy Sullivan from England sits in a group at six under after firing a 66, while which include a further setback holder Russell Knox, Sharvin plus English couple Oliver Wilson and Paul Waring.

Of the other notables, Tommy Fleetwood ranks 20th in fourth alongside Harrington and another Irish Seamus Power with Shane Low ry and 2017 winner Jon Rahm both in second and Ian Poulter another shot back after being 73.

Major winners in Northern Ireland, Graeme McDowell (+4) and Darren Clarke (+7) both missed the cut.

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