Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Scheduling reality kicks in for Harrington — tough phone calls ahead

On Monday Pádraig Harrington was on such a high following his Honda Classic comeback win that he insisted he'd honour his commitments and take up four sponsors invitations in a row before playing in the Masters. Now he's not so sure.

Scheduling reality kicks in for Harrington — tough phone calls ahead

$43m man Harrington saved by 50 footer

Pádraig Harrington had every reason to smile at TPC Louisiana on Saturday night, not because he's rated Ireland's richest sportsman with an estimated worth of €43m (€9m more than Rory McIlroy) in the latest "guesstimates" by "The Sunday Times Rich List", but because he holed from nearly 50 feet for birdie on his last hole to make the 54-hole cut in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

$43m man Harrington saved by 50 footer

Lowry off his greens in New Orleans

Shane Lowry had 36 putts in New Orleans, mainly because he was putting from 30 feet all day. Pictured at last week’s Spanish Open by Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieInvitations to swanky parties are great if your dress suit has come back from the cleaners. But Shane Lowry’s black tie game has generally been missing when it comes to his PGA Tour appearances this year.

Donald regains world No 1 spot; Dufner wins

The game of musical chairs that is the battle for the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking continued in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when Luke Donald finished third to return to the summit of the game for the third time in his career.Luke Donald clinched an impressive third place finish in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to overtake Rory McIlroy and go to world No 1 for the third time in less than a year.

Donald on No 1 trail again as G-Mac and Bubba struggle

Graeme McDowell watches his approach to the 15th in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New OrelansGraeme McDowell made the cut on the limit after a disappointing 73 as Luke Donald kept alive his chances of regaining the world No 1 ranking from Rory McIlroy in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The Englishman must finish solo seventh at worst to go back to No 1 and he took a step in the right direction when he bounced back from an opening 73 with a faultless seven under par 65 to climb 80 places to tied 22nd at halfway.

Rollercoaster ride for McDowell

Graeme McDowell kept himself and playing partner Justin Rose amused as he opened with an adventurous three under 69 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The Ulsterman started on the back nine but didn’t mark a solitary par on his card as he racked up six birdies and three bogeys to turn in 33 before following five straight pars on the front nine by sandwiching bogeys at the sixth and ninth between birdies at the seventh and eighth.

“Interesting day on the links! No pars front 9 to shoot 3 under?” McDowell tweeted. “Never did that before. Overall some decent swings today for -3.”

"Augusta in 2011 left a mark on Rory McIlroy" - McDowell

Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell will return to action following their Masters heroics in New Orleans this week. But while the American will still be floating on air in the Zurich Classic following his fairytale win, many are still wondering why Rory McIlroy’s return journey to at Augusta National turned into a nightmare. McDowell is certain of one thing, getting paired with Sergio Garcia on Saturday was not McIlroy’s biggest break.

McGrane shines but clouds descend for Lowry and McDowell

Damien McGrane. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieDamien McGrane fired a slightly chilly 66 to lead the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea but stablemates Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell went from the sublime to the ridiculous on opposite side of the world.