Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R1

Harrington lights up Lahinch

July 04-07
Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland
$7,000,000
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Padraig Harrington delighted the home crowds at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with his lowest ever round in his home national open, a sizzling 63 in the Lahinch sunshine moving the 2020 Ryder Cup Captain one shot clear.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R1 - Harrington lights up Lahinch
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“I had neutral expectations. At least that’s what I was going for. I’ve been playing all year trying to find my game. I’ve been struggling coming back after my wrist injury. You know, this week, I just decided I’d go and play and try and get stock on my game. That’s kind of been the feedback I’ve been getting from my team around me. Let’s go out and play and see where we’re at.

“I didn’t expect 63 out of it. I was expecting a few weeks to get my head in the game, and we could then get our bearings, but you know, it just goes to show, when your head is in the right place, especially on a links golf course because you can work your way around the links. I did a really good job of it today.

“Out there today, I was in a good place, my head was in a good place and good things were happening. I hit lots of nice shots. I know I don’t have to play as well as that for the next three days. It would be nice if I did, but we’ll just go out there and try and do more of the same.”


It was a spectacular start to the second Rolex Series event of 2019, with Shane Lowry ramping up the Irish atmosphere early in the day by recovering from an early bogey to move right into contention with a four under 66.

“I don’t think I had my best stuff out there today, but I got it around. It’s nice to get off to a good start. There’s been a certain few weeks over the last while, I’ve struggled on Thursday.

“To shoot a good score the first day, hopefully I can kick on from here now. There were huge crowds for how early we were teeing off and I think tomorrow is going to be mad out there. But hopefully I can give them something to cheer for at the weekend.”

A pair of former World Number Ones in Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, as well as Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, all joined Lowry on four under while reigning Italian Open champion Thorbjørn Olesen was one of seven players in a share of third on five under.

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“I feel very happy finishing with three birdies,” said Poulter. “It’s always nice when you do that. I was kind of hanging around on one-under par for a long time. I was hitting decent shots. Hitting a few decent putts. Nothing really happening apart from just some good, solid golf. To close out with three birdies like that is always nice. Dinner is going to taste a bit better tonight.

“To be honest it was a very relaxed round of golf. Seeing as I’ve only played two tournament rounds in the last five weeks, which is not a lot, I did everything well. Drove it well. I hit my irons well. I gave myself plenty of chances. It was just one of those rounds where you have to be patient and I was patient, and obviously the rewards were at the end.”

But the day belonged to three-time Major winner and former winner of this event Harrington, as a run of five birdies in six holes around the turn propelled him to a seven under round and a one-stroke advantage over South Africa’s Zander Lombard, who birdied the final three holes late in the day for a six under 64.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-7
63
2
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
64
T3
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
65
T3
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-5
65
T3
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
65
T3
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
65
T3
Lee Slattery
ENG
-5
65
T3
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
65
T3
Chris Paisley
ENG
-5
65
T10
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
66
T10
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-4
66
T10
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
66
T10
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
66
T10
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
66
T10
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-4
66
T10
Abraham Ancer
USA
-4
66
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-4
66
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
66
T19
Brandon Stone
RSA
-3
67
T19
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
67
T19
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
67
T19
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
67
T19
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
67
T19
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
67
T19
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
67
T19
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-3
67
T19
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
67
T19
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
67
T19
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
67
T19
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
67
T19
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
67
T32
David Law
SCO
-2
68
T32
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-2
68
T32
Liam Johnston
SCO
-2
68
T32
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
68
T32
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
68
T32
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
68
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
68
T32
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
68
T32
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
68
T32
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
68
T32
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
-2
68
T32
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
68
T32
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
68
T32
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
68
T32
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-2
68
T32
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
68
T32
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
68
T32
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
68
T32
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
68
T32
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
68
T32
Robin Dawson
IRL
-2
68
T32
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
68
T54
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-1
69
T54
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
69
T54
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
69
T54
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
69
T54
David Horsey
ENG
-1
69
T54
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
69
T54
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
69
T54
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
69
T54
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
69
T54
Stuart Manley
WAL
-1
69
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
69
T54
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
69
T54
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-1
69
T54
David Howell
ENG
-1
69
T68
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
T68
Paul McBride
IRL
Par
70
T68
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
70
T68
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
Par
70
T68
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
70
T68
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
70
T68
Seamus Power
IRL
Par
70
T68
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
70
T68
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
Par
70
T68
Brian Casey
IRL
Par
70
T68
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
70
T68
Max Schmitt
GER
Par
70
T68
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
70
T68
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
70
T68
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
70
T68
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
T68
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
70
T68
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
70
T68
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
70
T68
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
70
T68
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
70
T68
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
70
T90
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
71
T90
James Morrison
ENG
1
71
T90
Darren Clarke
NIR
1
71
T90
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
71
T90
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
71
T90
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
71
T90
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
71
T90
Ben Evans
ENG
1
71
T90
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
71
T90
Michael McGeady
IRL
1
71
T90
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
71
T90
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
71
T90
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
71
T90
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
71
T90
Andrew Johnston
ENG
1
71
T90
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
1
71
T90
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
71
T90
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
1
71
T90
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
71
T90
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
71
T90
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
71
T90
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
71
T90
Conor O’Rourke
IRL
1
71
T90
Grant Forrest
SCO
1
71
T114
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
72
T114
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
72
T114
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
72
T114
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
72
T114
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
72
T114
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
72
T114
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
2
72
T114
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
72
T114
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
72
T114
Richard Sterne
RSA
2
72
T114
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
72
T114
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
72
T114
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
72
T114
Justin Harding
RSA
2
72
T114
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
72
T114
Julian Suri
USA
2
72
T114
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
72
T114
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
72
T132
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
73
T132
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
73
T132
Thomas Pieters
BEL
3
73
T132
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
73
T132
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
73
T132
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
3
73
T132
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
73
T132
Kurt Kitayama
USA
3
73
T132
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
3
73
T132
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
73
T132
Scott Hend
AUS
3
73
T132
Scott Jamieson
SCO
3
73
T132
Jake McLeod
AUS
3
73
T132
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
73
T132
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
3
73
T147
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
74
T147
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
4
74
T147
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
74
T147
Sean Crocker
USA
4
74
T151
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
75
T151
Kalle Samooja
FIN
5
75
T151
Pelle Edberg
SWE
5
75
T151
David Lipsky
USA
5
75
155
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
76
156
Trevor Immelman
RSA
8
78