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.