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Eduardo Romero Leads Dunhill Links

October 3, 2002

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) _ Padraig Harrington followed up his Ryder Cup performance with a good start at the Dunhill Links championship Thursday, shooting a 6-under 66 at Carnoustie for a share of second place.

The Irishman trailed Argentina’s Eduardo Romero by one shot and was tied with South Africa’s Nic Lawrence and Jyoti Randhawa of India.

After the celebrations at The Belfry, Harrington had a practice session Wednesday with his coach, Bob Torrance _ father of Europe Ryder Cup captain, Sam. Harrington wanted to practice his swing, which was off during the Ryder Cup.

``So if I am to take anything from it, it is that I performed decently in poor form,″ Harrington said.

Romero, the Scottish Open champion, compiled a solid round and was pleased with his play.

``I putted extremely well,″ Romero said. ``I think I had only 24 putts. And only once did I miss a fairway.″

Lawrence had a standout back nine of 31 at Carnoustie. Randhawa, who played at Kingsbarns, returned to golf four weeks ago after missing six months with a broken collarbone.

Players play one round on each of the three venues over the first three days before Sunday’s final round on The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Other Ryder Cup players were scattered down the field. Thomas Bjorn shot a 67 at Carnoustie while Phillip Price, Sunday’s winner over world No. 2 Phil Mickelson, shot 69 on The Old Course.

Colin Montgomerie and Retief Goosen shot 70 while British Open champion Ernie Els had a 72 at Carnoustie. Niklas Fasth tallied a 71 and Darren Clarke 72 at Kingsbarns.

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