Harrington off to solid start at Ally Challenge as Funk roars into early lead

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Harrington off to solid start at Ally Challenge as Funk roars into early lead

Padraig Harrington (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/R&A via Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington positioned himself just outside the top-five after the opening round of The Ally Challenge as he looks to make it back-to-back wins on the PGA Tour Champions.

The Irishman is in top form after claiming the title at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open last week and opened with a four-under 68 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Michigan.

Harrington, who turns 51 on Wednesday, was bogey-free in his first round, picking up birdies at the fourth and seventh before two more back-to-back at the 12th and 13th to sit just three shots off the lead.

America’s Fred Funk leads the way after he opened with a seven-under 65 in Grand Blanc Township, seven birdies in a bogey-free display giving him an early one-shot advantage.

Woody Austin, Brett Quigley and Stephen Ames are all tied for second after beginning their tournaments with six-under 66s, with Scott Parel holding solo fifth at five-under after a 67.

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