Harrington the best of the Irish at the PGA Championship
Three-time major winner, Padraig Harrington was the best of the Irish after day one of the PGA Championship. Harrington having won the PGA in 2008, beating Spaniard Sergio Garcia started strong with a first round 71.
Canadian Cory Connors led at the end of the day with a five-under-67, two without a second. The Ocean Course was wreaking havoc with golfers with strong winds and firm conditions with -2 in the top 10.
Harrington started his round strong with six straight starts to start his day. His first birdie followed the seventh par 5 after being on the green for the eagle with a 32-foot long. He then made his first bogey on the tenth hole after compiled errors led to a putt of three.
A small wedge from 100 yards was passed, leaving a monster 50 foot putt in the hole. His putt then retreated six feet as he missed it on the return. Harrington got his round back on track at the eleventh par 5 with a big bouncing eagle.
A 327-yard long drive then saw him reach in two leaving an eagle putt 20 feet from the fringe. It was a fantastic putt as he faced the brutal 14-18 hole stretch.
He managed to negotiate the home stretch in one stroke with the only stroke on the par 5 sixteenth. Speaking after the lap, he feels like he’s mentally back to his best before the second lap.
“ I gave myself the chance to mentally set myself up like I would in my prime and not worry too much about the physical side.
Mixed day for the Irish
Meanwhile, for the rest of the Irish players, it was mixed golf. Shane Lowry scored one of 73, finishing in the middle of the field tied for 41st.
His good work for the first round was undone in the seventh as he stepped up to the par level. A bad tee shot found the water, resulting in a double bogey on the difficult par 3.
Rory Mcilroy carded his worst joint round at a PGA Championship with three more. He got off to a horror start with a double bogey after his opening tee shot found the water. It was a disappointing day after so much was expected of him after his victory at Wells Fargo.
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