Harrington moves to 2nd place
Padraig Harrington battled a stomach complaint for a solid 4-under 67 that has put him in second place in Malaysia.
Defending champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland battled a stomach complaint to post a solid four-under-par 67 that has put him in second place behind Daniel Chopra after 36-holes at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.
Harrington, among the 70 players who had to come back on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds of the Iskandar Johor Open after Friday’s storm delays, completed nine holes for a 36-hole, 11-under-par 131 tally that was matched by James Morrison of England and Gregory Bourdy of France at the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Chopra, who finished the second round on Friday with a 65 to go to 13-under 129, aims to recapture the title he won in 1993 but will have to fend off a a man famed for winning when he has not been in the best of health. He won two of his three majors with injuries.
“I’ve actually been feeling a bit under the weather for the last 48 hours, so that break yesterday actually did me the world of good, because I was able to sleep for three hours. I’m not sure if it was something I ate, but I’ve been really struggling to sleep and I lost my appetite,” said Harrington.
“But I felt better after my sleep yesterday afternoon, and I felt better again this morning. I’ve been surviving on toast for the last two days, but hopefully I can get something down me now and maybe go for a little nap before the third round starts,” he added.
Harrington played nine holes on Friday before play was suspended due to darkness. He returned this morning with a pair of birdies from the 11th hole and added two more birdies on holes 16 and 18 to stay within touching distance of Chopra.
“It was important to get as close to Daniel (Chopra) as I could, because we don’t know if there are 18 or 36 holes left to play. I was very aware of that coming down the last nine holes, and even on the last hole.
“The pin is very tight to the water but I decided to attack the flag with my pitch anyway, which maybe I wouldn’t have done if I knew for definite there was still 36 holes left to play,” he said.
Siddikur of Bangladesh, winner of the 2010 Brunei Open and the highest ranked Asian right now, and is tied for sixth place after posting a 67 on Friday for a 134 total to lie five shots off the lead.
FINAL 2ND ROUND TOP 10 LEADERBOARD
129 – Daniel Chopra (Swe) 64-65.
131 – Padraig Harrington (Irl) 64-67, James Morrison (Eng) 66-65, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 64-67.
133 – Joost Luiten (Ned) 63-70.
134 – Siddikur (Ban) 67-67, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 67-67, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 69-65, Jose Manuel Lara (Esp) 67-67, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 64-70.
135 – Soren Hansen (Den) 68-67, Rhys Davies (Wal) 70-65, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 71-64, Darren Beck (Aus) 70-65, Brett Rumford (Aus) 71-64, Manny Villegas (Col) 72-63, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 68-67.
136 – Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 70-66, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 65-71, Peter Karmis (Rsa) 70-66, Jamie Mcleary (Sco) 66-70, Marcel Siem (Ger) 69-67, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 69-67, Michael Hoey (Nir) 69-67.
137 – Mardan Mamat (Sin) 69-68, Steve Webster (Eng) 69-68, Sam Walker (Eng) 70-67, Anthony Kim (Usa) 68-69, Guido Van Der Valk (Ned) 69-68, Danny Willett (Eng) 69-68, Richie Ramsay (Sco) 68-69.
Collin Morikawa keen to draw inspiration from family ties to Hawaii at Sony Open
Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas has withdrawn from the event after testing positive for coronavirus.
R&A: ‘No plans’ for Open to head to Donald Trump-owned Turnberry in near future
Trump National in Bedminster was on Sunday stripped of next year’s US PGA Championship.
US PGA Championship moved from Donald Trump-owned course in New Jersey
Trump National in Bedminster had been set to host the event.
Justin Thomas : ‘I made a terrible, terrible judgement call’
Thomas admitted he was distracted by what happened on Saturday during his final round.
PGA Championship to be moved away from Donald Trump-owned course
It is the second time in six years the PGA has moved an event away from a course owned by Donald Trump.
‘It’s inexcusable’ – Justin Thomas apologises for homophobic slur in Hawaii
The world number three was heard using the derogatory word towards himself after missing a par putt.
Westwood, McDowell back petition to allow English golf courses to open
The duo have added their names to a petition that has passed 100 000 signatures.
Xander Schauffele pledges to ‘fake it until I make it’ after contracting Covid
Schauffele is one of 16 players in the Sentry Tournament of Champions who failed to win an official event last season.
After years with TaylorMade, Jon Rahm joins Callaway
Spaniard will have Callaway woods and irons in his bag at Sentry Tournament of Champions.
What to expect from the 2021 OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic
There are more prestigious events on the European Tour, but there’s no denying that the Dubai Desert Classic just has something about it.