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