Eddie Pepperell and Lee Westwood in Irish Open contention

Harrington trying to link it all up

Padraig Harrington questions Tiger Woods' British Open strategy

Not bad for a guy who hasn't played since the PGA Championship. He was runner-up at the 2014 British Amateur at Royal Portrush. I'm so comfortable on links golf.

"I had to change a few things in my physique and how I swing the club so it's nice to see the hard work coming off and what a better place to see it happen", said Lombard, who made the weekend for the first time since March.

Harrington may lead, but it is only by one, on a day where 67 players shot in the red numbers around the par-70 Old Course in County Clare.

"When you play in front of Irish crowds it's always unbelievable, I haven't played in front of many, but it's just a pleasure".

Before the serious action got under way at Lahinch, Pepperell took on New Zealand's Ryan Fox in a 14-club challenge on the par-three eighth at Lahinch and emerged victorious with some brilliant shot-making to win the wager which had been agreed beforehand. We have created a festival of golf of which I have rarely seen in my decades of attending and playing in this event.

Former World No. 1 Lee Westwood will have his sights set on a second Rolex Series win after a 67 moved the Englishman to a three-way tie for third on seven-under alongside Mexico's Abraham Ancer and Spain's Jorge Campillo.

Another birdie on the 9th saw him make the turn at one under par and the Clara man played some exceptional golft on the back nine. 'I might be wrong, but I get the impression the locals quite like having a drink'. I haven't been on the golf course enough. I believe I hit seven or eight fairways in two days and I putted great, so it was competing good and putting good.

Former champion Shane Lowry, who won the title in 2009 while still an amateur, and 2017 victor Jon Rahm are both two under after rounds of 72 and 71 respectively.

"I've been rubbish this year so just delighted to play better".

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