Harrington Leads Turespana Masters
MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Padraig Harrington shot a 7-under-par 64 Friday to a one-stroke lead after the second round of the $850,000 Turespana Masters.
Harrington was at 11-under 131 after five birdies and an eagle over the 6,957-yard Club de Campo course, where he won the Spanish Open in 1996.
``I finally decided to play here because this is a venue I won at five years ago,″ Harrington explained. ``So far, it’s been a good idea.″
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez was in second place after a 66, followed by South Africa’s Roger Wessels, another shot back after a 65.
Darren Clarke, who admitted struggling all afternoon, had a 70 and was in a tie for 10th place, five shots behind Harrington. Clarke had four birdies and three bogeys.
When Harrington won here in 1996 it was his tenth Tour event. This week he is trying to do it again in his 130th tournament on Tour, after picking up his second European title at the Sao Paulo 500 years Open earlier this year.
``I’m not saying I shoot lower now but I’m much more consistent,″ Harrington said.
Sweden’s Per-Ultik Johansson had seven birdies and an eagle en route to a 63 and a share of fourth at 135. His score equalled the course record but will not stand as players lifted and placed on the wet fairways.
Sergio Garcia had 69 and finished six shots back at 137. First-round leader Marcus Brier of Austria had a 72 and was tied with Clarke at 136. Ian Woosnam pulled out during his second round, citing a bad back. He was at 7-over.