Padraig Harrington rolled back the years to take the early lead in the first leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs, after firing a seven-under-par 64 in Thursday's opening round of The Barclays tournament in New York.
It's a tradition in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship to group together the winners of the first three majors of the year. So this year's, ahem, stellar threesome is Zach Johnson (Masters), Angel Cabrera (US Open) and Padraig Harrington (British Open).
PADRAIG HARRINGTON erased 25 years of national frustration on Sunday but also moved a step closer to becoming the best player never to have won a major. Harrington (below) is the first native son to win the Irish Open since John O'Leary in 1982. Harrington, 35, won by parring the first playoff hole after he and Bradley Dredge tied over 72 holes at five-under 283 at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, in Limerick. The No. 11–ranked player in the world, Harrington has now been victorious twice on the PGA Tour and 12 times in Europe, where he also won the money title last year. "I've always said that after the four majors, this is the next event I've wanted to win,"Harrington said. Well, one down, four to go, and the clock's ticking, Paddy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn't be very sharp Thursday at the Wachovia Championship. He wasn't satisfied with hardly anything but his score.