Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Irish Ace Cool over His Open Chances; Golf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Irish Ace Cool over His Open Chances; Golf

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A RELAXED Padraig Harrington does not believe a fourth major title would alter his golfing legacy, but concedes a third Open victory next week might lead to a hasty change of heart.

The prospects of that happening shortened considerably after the 45-year-old claimed a share of the halfway lead in the PS5.4m Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Harrington swapped the drama of his opening 67 for a "boring" and bogey-free 68 to finish nine under par, a total matched by England's Callum Shinkwin and Germany's Alexander Knappe.

Ian Poulter, who finished second to Harrington in the 2008 Open Championship, and Australia's Andrew Dodt were a shot off the lead following matching rounds of 69, with 2015 champion Rickie Fowler, 2007 winner Gregory Havret and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts a further stroke adrift.

Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a play-off to win the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and defended the title at Royal Birkdale the following year before winning the US PGA a month later. …

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