Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Padraig Stays on Course for Pounds 1m Payday

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Padraig Stays on Course for Pounds 1m Payday

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Padraig Harrington still has a love-hate relationship with Wentworth. And surprising as it might seem, it will not change even if he earns almost pounds 1.2m on the Surrey course tomorrow.

The chances of that massive amount being handed to the Dubliner are very much alive after a second successive 69 left him only two behind leaders Justin Rose and Angel Cabrera at the halfway stage of the BMW PGA Championship yesterday.

By winning the Irish Open last Sunday ( itself worth nearly pounds 285,000 ( Harrington made himself the only contender for a pounds 680,000 bonus if he also captures the pounds 495,848 first prize at the European Tour's flagship event.

Thanks to a stunning eagle on the 610-yard 17th, where he hit his second shot to six feet and expected more applause than he received, last season's Order of Merit winner is six under par with two rounds to go.

Argentina's big-hitting Angel Cabrera, winner two years ago and twice second, had a best-of-the-day 66 to join Rose, who even with a three-birdie finish was able to add only a 70 to his opening 66.

"A million Euros is a million Euros in any man's language," said the multi-millionaire Harrington when asked about the bonus. "I didn't know how much the prize money was this week, but I knew how much the bonus was. I'm very aware of it because it's something different. It's only an incentive. If I don't win it, I haven't lost a million ( it's always a positive."

Yet he must try to do it on a course he stayed away from for two years because his main memories were as follows: "I've gone there every year and beaten myself up. That does nothing for my confidence."

Harrington held that opinion despite having gone round the lay-out in an 11 under par 61 ( the lowest round of his career ( during the World Match Play final he lost to Ian Woosnam in 2001. …

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