Padraig Harrington remains in the hunt at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch, Co. Clare but he will have to play some of his best golf over the weekend if he wants to claim victory.
Harrington couldn’t recreate his heroics on Thursday where he shot a superb 63 as he found the course difficult on Friday under more challenging conditions.
The Dubliner succumbed to four bogeys on front-nine as he recorded his first birdie of the day on the par-4 13th.
He hit another bogey on the 14th before finishing his round with a birdie on the 18th where he almost secured an eagle.
Overall, Harrington shot a 73, 10 shots worse off from his effort on Thursday but at the time of writing, he remains just four shots off the joint leaders, Eddie Pepperell and Zander Lombard, who are both on -8.
“It was exceptionally difficult out there early on,” Harrington told RTÉ Sport.
“When you are going out leading in bad conditions you are going to be tentative in the first place. There were crosswinds, rain and some tough pin positions and you need a good strong short game. That let me down today.”