Harrington four back of Ames and McCarron at Senior PGA Championships

Ronan MacNamara
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Padraig Harrington (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Pádraig Harrington is four shots off the pace at the halfway stage of the KitchenAid PGA Championship at Benton Harbor.

The three-time major champion backed up his opening 68 with a one-under 70 to keep himself in contention and he trails joint leaders Stephan Ames of Canada and America’s Scott McCarron by four heading into the weekend.

The Dubliner had the ideal start with a birdie on the second but that was cancelled out by a bogey on the fourth. A birdie on the 8th was followed by a bogey on the par-5 9th.

Harrington, chasing his maiden major on the senior circuit after a runner-up finish at the Region Tradition birdied the 12th and 15th but will be disappointed with a late bogey on the 17th.

The 2020 Ryder Cup captain is in a share of twelfth place.

Meanwhile Darren Clarke fell down the leaderboard after a three-over 74 that left him eight shots adrift on level-par.

The 2011 Open champion carded four bogeys and just the solitary birdie which came on the 9th as he slipped to a share of 39th place.

Both Ames and McCarron have turned the championship on their head. The duo were three-under after the opening day before they both carded five-under 66s to share the lead.

The evergreen Bernhard Langer, 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, Brian Gay and Australia’s Steven Alker are two behind on six-under.

Defending champion Alex Cejka is in a share of 7th on five-under.

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