Pádraig Harrington has hit the lowest round of his career; a course record 61 at Copperhead.
Having been ranked at number 90 in the world and gone almost a year without a tournament win; the way Harrington ripped up the course on Thursday’s opening round was certainly unexpected to say the least. Yet this incredible 10 under-par round to give the Dubliner a three stroke lead at the Transitions Championship offered cast iron proof of what Harrington has been saying for months: his game is in fact in good shape!
The 40 year-old looked every bit the exciting three-time Major champion judging by this performance at the sunny Innisbrook Resort near Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The oldest golfing mantra states: ”Driving’s for show, putting’s for dough” and Harrington lived up to that mantra; amazingly one putting no fewer than 14 times on Thursday including one incredible 75 footer: ”That’s probably the longest putt I’ve ever made as a professional,” laughed Harrington afterwards. “On the last I had a 15 foot putt. I could have turned my back on the hole and I’d still have made it. When it’s your day, it’s your day.”
Thursday certainly was Pádraig Harrington’s day. If he maintains this sort of form over the weekend, nobody will live with him. The two time British Open Champion appears to be hitting form at just the right time with the year’s first major championship; the US Masters teeing off in three weekend’s time.