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17th March 2012, 08:06am

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Padraig Harrington: Disappointing second round

Padraig Harrington: Disappointing second round

Padraig Harrington was unable to follow up his stunning opening round at the Transitions Championship in Florida as he surrendered top spot to American Jason Dufner.

The Irishman carded a course-record 10-under-par 61 on Thursday, the lowest round of his career, but he could only make a two-over 73 24 hours later after carding three bogeys and just the one birdie.

That left the three-time major winner in joint-second spot with William McGirt at the midway point of the tournament on eight under, two adrift of Dufner.

Harrington, though, was relieved still to be in a good position after a challenging day.

"I didn't do too much damage today," Harrington said. "It could be okay.

"But the great thing his, having shot a good score yesterday, I felt that if I played the best golf on the weekend, I would be the winner.

"I'm still in good position."

Dufner, still searching for his first PGA Tour win, recorded a second successive blemish-free round of 66 after picking up birdies at the first, third, fifth and nine to turn in 32, before adding another birdie on the 11th.

Dufner's compatriot McGirt added a 68 to his opening-day 66.

England's Luke Donald was one of five players tied for fourth spot on seven-under.

After reaching the turn in one-over-par, the world No.2 had a superb start to the back nine with four birdies in the opening five to lift him into contention.

Sergio Garcia was in the group on six under after his second consecutive 68, while Justin Rose is one shot further back after a 70.

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel failed to make the cut following another disappointing day as he followed up his 76 with a 73.

Collated second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Transitions Championship, Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead, Palm Harbor, Florida, United States of America

(USA unless stated, par 71):

132 Jason Dufner 66 66

134 William McGirt 66 68, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 61 73

135 George McNeill 67 68, Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 69 66, Ken Duke 68 67, Luke Donald (Eng) 67 68, Chris Couch 67 68

136 Kenny Perry 66 70, Jim Furyk 66 70, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 68 68, John Senden (Aus) 66 70

137 Jerry Kelly 69 68, Jeff Overton 68 69, Chris Di Marco 70 67, Scott Piercy 69 68, Kevin Streelman 68 69, Webb Simpson 68 69, Jamie Lovemark 70 67, Justin Rose (Eng) 67 70, Ernie Els (Rsa) 70 67, Cameron Tringale 66 71, Jason Bohn 66 71

138 Bryce Molder 67 71, Michael Thompson 68 70, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 69 69, Andres Romero (Arg) 70 68, Kyle Reifers 70 68, Bo Van Pelt 70 68, Will Claxton 64 74, Kevin Chappell 69 69, John Mallinger 72 66, Chez Reavie 68 70

139 Bud Cauley 68 71, Zach Johnson 71 68, Robert Garrigus 67 72, David Toms 67 72, Gary Woodland 68 71, Kevin Na 71 68, Justin Leonard 69 70, Jimmy Walker 70 69, Troy Matteson 70 69

140 Brian Davis (Eng) 69 71, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 68 72, Charley Hoffman 69 71, Joe Ogilvie 67 73, Brian Gay 70 70, Greg Owen (Eng) 70 70, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 70 70, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 72 68, Matt Kuchar 73 67, James Driscoll 70 70, Peter Hanson (Swe) 70 70, Shaun Micheel 71 69

141 Nick Watney 69 72, Bill Lunde 68 73, John Daly 69 72, Vijay Singh (Fij) 71 70, Marc Leishman (Aus) 71 70, Jesper Parnevik (Swe) 69 72, Pat Perez 71 70, Kris Blanks 73 68, Michael Bradley 71 70, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 73 68, Stewart Cink 67 74, Mark Wilson 71 70, Jason Day (Aus) 69 72, Charlie Wi (Kor) 70 71, D.A. Points 69 72, J J Henry 70 71, Sung-hoon Kang (Kor) 68 73, Arjun Atwal (Ind) 71 70, Robert Allenby (Aus) 69 72, K J Choi (Kor) 71 70, Tom Gillis 72 69, Jonathan Byrd 72 69, Brandt Snedeker 69 72

Missed the cut:

142 Brendon De Jonge 67 75, Billy Mayfair 72 70, Gary Christian (Eng) 70 72, Jeff Maggert 72 70, Cameron Beckman 69 73, Matthew Every 72 70, Martin Laird (Sco) 73 69, Tommy Gainey 73 69

143 Bob Estes 70 73, Tim Petrovic 72 71, Boo Weekley 72 71, Brian Harman 74 69, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 70 73, Blake Adams 75 68, Stephen Ames (Can) 73 70, Frank Lickliter II 71 72

144 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 71 73, David Hearn (Can) 72 72, Matt Bettencourt 70 74, Derek Lamely 71 73, Alex Cejka (Ger) 70 74, Matthew Jones (Aus) 70 74, Anthony Kim 74 70, Chad Campbell 74 70, Camilo Villegas (Col) 72 72, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 70 74, Scott Verplank 75 69, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 74, Josh Teater 72 72

145 Scott Stallings 73 72, Lucas Glover 70 75, Colt Knost 72 73, Bobby Gates 74 71, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 70 75, Harris English 76 69, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 73 72, Tom Lewis (Eng) 72 73, Briny Baird 73 72

146 Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 74 72, Scott Brown 75 71, Martin Flores 74 72, Tom Pernice Jnr. 70 76, Graham Delaet (Can) 77 69, Paul Casey (Eng) 70 76, John Rollins 71 75, Brendon Todd 74 72, Rocco Mediate 71 75

147 John Merrick 71 76, Tim Herron 73 74, Sean O'Hair 73 74, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 74 73, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 72 75, J.J Killeen 70 77, Ryan Moore 72 75

148 Jason Kokrak 74 74, John Huh (Kor) 74 74

149 Pierre-Henri Soero (Fra) 77 72, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 76 73, David Mathis 75 74, Garrett Willis 78 71

150 Tim Clark (Rsa) 75 75

151 Chad Collins 79 72, Robert Damron 78 73, D.J. Trahan 75 76

152 Hank Kuehne 74 78

156 Steve Lamontagne 74 82

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