IRELAND’S Padraig Harrington upstaged feature pairing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy with a 7-under 64 to lead The Barclays after the opening round at the Bethpage Black golf course today.
Harrington had a sluggish start but made six birdies on what is a tough back nine to lead Americans Nick Watney and Brian Harmon.
Woods and McIlroy showed all the outward signs that they really did enjoy each other’s company at the New York venue with the American posting a 3-under 68 and the Northern Irishman a stroke behind.
A number of Australian golfers are still well in contention for what is the first leg of the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The best of them was lanky Queenslander John Senden on 3-under while Adam Scott, Jason Day, Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling and Geoff Ogilvy were all on 1-under.
There were 73 players from the 123-man field at par or better, with scoring conditions expected to toughen.
The top 100 golfers go through to the next Playoff event – the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
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