Irish Open. Padraig On Top.

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Padraig Harrington is on top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaderboard on day one at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland, thrilling the home crowd.

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Padraig shot an opening round -7 under par 63 to lead the Irish Open by two shots, and of course he won this event in 2007, before claiming the first of his back to back wins in The Open. Today everything was pleasant and nice;

“I know I keep using the word pleasant and nice, but that’s what it kind of was like out there.”

“Myself and Poulter were having a stroll, having a chat and good things were happening, which obviously makes it easier.”

“I didn’t have to work that hard and I wasn’t out of position very much all day.”

“The first real chip shot I had was on eleven where I didn’t get up and down. It was that kind of day.”

“It was pretty straightforward. And I won’t say the momentum was with me, good things were happening, but it was a stress-free round.”

Tied in second place at -5 under are six players, who all had first round of 65; Lee Slattery and Eddie Pepperell from England, Wade Ormsby, Australia, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, and Hyowon Park from South Korea.

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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Leads.

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Aaron Rai of England leads the Hong Kong Open after 36 holes at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Aaron carded an amazing second round -9 under par 61, a new Hong Kong Golf Club course record, to post -14 under for the tournament;

“Again, we were lucky today with the conditions.”

“We didn’t have much wind and, starting out pretty early the first nine holes, it feels like you’re playing a round at home, which is nice.” 

“But I played very well, kept it in play, had a lot of chances and made a lot of putts, too. Everything was on song today.”

“I’ve just got to try and stay as close to the original game plan as much as possible.”

“I think if you get too conservative and if you try and defend the lead a little bit too much, you can start going backwards very easily but also you can’t get too aggressive around this course. “

“As hard as it is and as easy as it is to say, you just have to try and stick to what you’re doing and what has got you into this position.”

Hyowon Park, South Korea is in second place, four shots back at -10 under par following his also great second round of -8 under 62, with some good putting;

“I’m very happy now.”

“My long game is very nice, driver and second shot is good and putting is nice.”

“I will do the same thing on the weekend, so I can go more up the leaderboard.”

In third place is Matt Fitzpatrick of England carding a second round -8 under 62, to claim third position on his own.

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