Padraig Harrington overcame the odds to shoot a wonderful four-under par 68 at Ballyliffin

  • Padraig Harrington shot a wonderful opening four-under par 68 at Ballyliffin
  • He defied his wide pre-tournament odds to move straight into contention
  • Rory McIlroy was imperious from tee to green but woeful with the putter again
  • Danny Willett is still clawing his way out of the darkness with another good round

By DEREK LAWRENSON FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 17:46 EDT, 5 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:42 EDT, 5 July 2018


Padraig Harrington could scarcely believe it when he saw odds of 66-1 against his name before the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. ‘Place a bet on me,’ was the advice the two-time winner of the Open gave to the nation.

There is plenty to do yet before the bet comes up but, to the delight of the one or two people in these parts who quite like a wager, the veteran must have caused a furrow or two to form on the odd bookmaker’s brow with a wonderful four-under par 68 at Ballyliffin.

It left him just one shot behind the leader, New Zealander Ryan Fox — son of former All Black legend, Grant.

Padraig Harrington overcame the odds to shoot a wonderful four-under par 68 at Ballyliffin
Padraig Harrington overcame the odds to shoot a wonderful four-under par 68 at Ballyliffin

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