Pádraig Harrington will have to come from three shots behind and overtake a host of players if he is to notch his first win of the season at the Galleri Classic on the PGA Tour Champions.
Harrington is in a share of seventh place on six-under while David Toms continues to hold a slender advantage on -9 after carding a frustrating one-under 71 that included two birdies and a bogey on 18.
The Dubliner started well with a birdie on the second but went on a bizarre run of fourteen successive pars before holing from around 60 feet for a birdie on the par-3 17th.
Harrington failed to birdie 18 on Friday and he slipped up on the closing hole again, dropping a shot with a clumsy bogey six to drop back to six-under.
Toms came back to the field with a nervy finish where he dropped two shots in his last four holes but he maintains his one shot lead.
Kevin Sutherland sits in solo second, while Charles Schwab Cup leader Steve Stricker and 2022 Charles Schwab Cup winner Steven Alker highlight the quartet sitting two strokes behind Toms.
“I felt like I played just about as well as I played yesterday, I just didn’t score as well, but I was in control most of the day. I had a couple of — missed a couple of greens there on the back nine and made bogey, but other than that it was really solid,” said Toms.
“Didn’t make a whole lot of putts, but I felt like my speed was pretty good. So it wasn’t like I was out there three-putting or anything, I just didn’t make a whole lot of good looks that I had.”
Darren Clarke recovered from an opening 75 with a superb 68 to move under par for the tournament.
The 2011 Open champion carded three birdies in a row from the 12th, and eagled the 2nd as he played the course from back to front.
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