Harrington's eagle double delivers share of the lead

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Two eagles towards the end of his first round saw Padraig Harrington claim an eight under par share of the lead at the Iskandar Johor Open. Having collected five birdies and one bogey over the preceding 15 holes, Harrington eagled the 16th and 18th to join Australian Marcus Both and Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the top of the leaderboard at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

"It was nice to finish eagle, par, eagle. That's a rare thing to do. It certainly bumped up my score," said the Irishman.

"It's a long way to go yet. You can always lose it on a Thursday but in regards to winning it, there's a lot of work to be done. It was a tough day with the wind. I got the breaks and holed a few putts."

The trio lead Korean pair Noh Seung-yul and Lee Sung by two strokes.