Harrington Not At All Surprised To Be Leading Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Dundonald Links, Scotland …

Padraig Harrington admitted he is not at all surprised in producing an “out-of-the-blue” effort in finding his way to a three-stroke lead early on day two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Harrington also continues to put aside an early season marred by injury adding a four under 68 to advance to nine under par at Dundonald Links.

Harrington, 45 did not drop a shot in managing four birdies and move to nine-under par and three clear of American Matt Kuchar.

The triple Major winning Harrington’s effort is his lowest opening 36-hole tally since last October when he was 13-under par on route to a 15th Tour win at the Portugal Masters.

Padraig Harrington admits efforts will come “out-of-the-blue” in muscling his way to a three-stroke lead early on day two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Image …. www.golfbytourmiss.com

After undergoing an operation earlier this year on a neck injury he incurred during the Rio Games last October and also the scare of a freak elbow injury last month, Harrington says he is not surprised to find himself in contention.

“No, I am not surprised at all to be in this position after what has happened in my season this year”, he confidently said.

“Not even close to being surprised as I know this will happen pretty regularly though I cannot do it on demand so I cannot tell you if it will happen next week or the week after but it will happen.

“It was very much like my win last year in Portugal and then winning the Honda Classic earlier the year before, I will throw in these efforts out-of-the-blue.

“So, I will have tournaments like this where I throw in a few good rounds and get myself into the lead, and who knows what will happen these next two days, but it is not a surprise to me.

Leading by three become itchy as Harrington scratches his back and moving three clear of the field early on day two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Image .. www.golfbytourmiss.com

“It is just part of the sequence of the ups and downs, and I am just waiting patiently for the ups”.

And it is not lost on Harrington that he returns next week to Royal Birkdale, and where in 2008 he overcame an early tournament wrist injury to win a second straight Open Championship.

“Who knows what will happen now over the weekend as I may have blown it all come Sunday night as that it is the nature of the game and maybe I am hitting good form a week too early”, he said.

“But it would be a nice buzz going to Royal Birkdale next week as it would be great to win another Major, and if I did win next week I would sit here and tell you all the reasons why it will make a difference to me (smiling)”.

Kuchar had eagled his final hole on day one the World No. 19 went out on day two to birdie his opening two holes in a round of 70 and be in second on six-under.

“Overnight momentum can keep going,” said Kuchar.

“Certainly, it was a great way to finish last night. It’s a rare thing to finish with an eagle. It’s a highlight to finish with a birdie, and if you get an eagle, it’s great. Come out, got off to a great start.

“So, it was a great way to get my round going”.


First round leading Mikko Ilonen struggled in shooting a two over 74 and drop back to five under and tied with England’s David Horsey, who capped his round with an ace at the par three 11th hole.


It was Horsey’s fourth hole-in-one on Tour but unfortunately for the 32-year old the offer of a new car was at the 15th hole.



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