Padraig Harrington's worst round of the year dealt a severe blow to his attempt to become European No 1 here at the Majorca Classic yesterday. The Irishman slumped to an opening 77, seven over par, to lie 11 shots off the lead held jointly by Gary Murphy, Niclas Fasth and Andrew McLardy.
Harrington trails Paul Casey by £147,900 in the Order of Merit with two tournaments left, and added Majorca to his schedule at the last minute following victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this month. Consecutive wins would push Harrington to the top of the money list but he looks more likely to miss the cut here.
Meanwhile, Britain's Justin Rose carded a course record 12-under-par 60 to grab the early first-round lead at the Walt Disney Classic in Miami last night.
Playing on the Lake Buena Vista Palms course, Rose's round included a remarkable run of 10 birdies over his first 12 holes, including six straight from the seventh hole. The previous course record of 61 was shared by Mark Lyle and Carl Pettersson.
"That is by far my lowest round, I was in uncharted territory today," Rose said.
"I would be lying if I said that [a 59] didn't creep into my mind, I was 10 under par through 12 holes so it was all there for the taking, really. "