Padraig Harrington proves good value with first-round 68 in Irish Open

by Theguardian

• Irishman makes nonsense of Open odds• Rory McIlroy signs for a 70

How Padraig Harrington would revel in the disproving the old adage Bookmakers are never wrong. It would not be wise to utter such sentiment within earshot of the three-times major champion.

Harrington’s opening round of 68, four under par, at the Irish Open left him one shot off the pace set by Ryan Fox. The target for Fox is clear; he is seeking a spot in the Open. “Carnoustie is one of the best courses in the world and I’d love the chance to play there in an Open,” the New Zealander said.

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