Ryder Cup duo impress in Masters warm-up
Friday 31 March 2006
Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald began the final warm-up event for the Masters in impressive style yesterday when as playing partners for the first 36 holes of the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta, the Ryder Cup team-mates posted four-under-par rounds of 68.
It gave them joint fourth place midway through the opening day's play, four adrift of the pacesetting Australian Gavin Coles, whose US Tour career-best 64 included a 189-yard bunker shot into the 17th hole for an eagle two.
Coles had every reason to think he would hold centre stage all day, but the defending champion Phil Mickelson raced to five under after just six holes and was in joint second place with fellow American Brett Wetterich.
Harrington also had an eagle on his card. The Dubliner's approach to the long 18th only just made it over the lake, but he then rolled home a putt of 56 feet. That was his ninth hole and after bogeying the short second Harrington sank birdie putts of seven and eight feet on the third and sixth to move into contention at an event where he finished fourth two years ago.
Donald holed from almost 45 feet at the short 11th, his second, and five more birdies followed, including a superb closing drive and seven-iron to eight feet on the difficult 472-yard ninth.
Latest in Sport
Revealed: The most unwatchable Premier League teams of the 2014/15 season
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Per Mertesacker credits yoga for helping him get back to best
- 1 10 ways we damage our teeth – without realising
- 4 Photo of wedding guest proposing to girlfriend in front of bride and groom goes viral
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's just gravity — not a Mexican demon being summoned
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'