Retief Goosen

Thursday's Open dairy - Padraig's putter, the Goose and Ivor Robson's bladder

Finishing last for greens hit in regulation (seven of 18) had  silver lining for Pádraig Harrington — nobody had fewer putts.

Thursday's Open dairy - Padraig's putter, the Goose and Ivor Robson's bladder

No sparkle for Harrington in Tinseltown

His lone birdie was a two footer at the par-five first, his 10th and arguably the easiest hole on the course. The rest was a struggle for Pádraig Harrington as he went out in 40 and then bogeyed his 16th and 17th to post a five over 76 and slip to tied 68th in the Northern Trust Open.

No sparkle for Harrington in Tinseltown

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Padraig Harrington continued his streak of shooting par or better in the first round of every tournament he's played this year by opening with a one under 70 in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Harrington in reverse but still alive at Copperhead

Padraig Harrington had little to celebrate on St Patrick’s Day until he birdied the last to card a one over par 72 and keep his victory hopes on life support at the Transitions Championship in Tampa.

The Dubliner was three clear of the field after his sensational 10 under 61 on Thursday but despite a second round 73 and another over par round yesterday, he is still just four strokes behind leaders Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.

More pain for McGrane

Damien McGrane in action in Singapore last season. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieSimon Thornton celebrated his return to the European Tour with an opening four-under par 69 in the Africa Open but Damien McGrane’s poor 2011 form followed him into the New Year and a one-over 74 at East London Golf Club leaves him in danger of missing the cut.

Foster flourishes as Lawrie fades

Peter Lawrie had to wait until the 18th to notch just his second birdie of a disappointing 73 in Munich. Credit: www.golffile.iePeter Lawrie slipped a disappointing eight shots off the pace as England’s Mark Foster carved out a two-shot lead entering the final round of the BMW International Open in in Munich.

The 35-year old Englishman shot a 66 to lead in 14 under as Lawrie struggled to a one over 73 that relegated him to tied 23rd on six under.

The Dubliner was just three shots off the lead starting the day but he lacked the sharpness of the first two days and followed a birdie at the first with bogeys at the fifth, 10th and 17th before repairing some of the damage with a birdie at the last.

Woods heads Top-10 of the decade

Just two European players made the Top-10 of the Decade - a ranking of the best performances in the 81 biggest tournaments played around the globe between January 2001 and December 2010.

Eagle-eyed Harrington joint leader in Johor

Padraig Harrington made eagles at two of his last three holes to open with an eight under 64 and share the lead in the Iskandar Johor Open.

Winless since his victory at the 2008 US PGA Championship, the Dubliner drove the 314-yard 16th and sank an 18 footer for an eagle two before draining a 25 footer at the par-five 18th.

Harrington "anxious" to end title drought

Padraig Harrington is “anxious” to give himself an early Christmas present by ending his two-year winless streak.

The Dubliner, 39, will take on star attractions KJ Choi, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie in the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

Harrington's Valderrama nightmare

Padraig Harrinton is hoping his Valderrama jinx will not strike again and deny him the Order of Merit title.

Four years ago the Dubliner went into the final event just €23,119 behind Retief Goosen in the race to become European No 1.

At the time, Harrington was the defending champion following his one shto win over Paul McGinley at Montecastillo the previous year.

But it all went wrong at Valderrama where Harrington ran into a bizarre two-shot penalty at the very first hole and ended up carding rounds of 74, 76, 74 and 73 to gift the South African the money title.