Paddy the only Irishman to make the cut in Georgia

Bernie McGuire

A three under par 67 fired Padraig Harrington into the weekend as both Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell fell victim to the halfway cut at the RSM Classic in Georgia.

Playing the Seaside course, Harrington only carded three pars in his outward half as he continued his topsy-turvy scoring at Sea Island Golf Club.

Consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14 were wiped clear with four birdies on the spin from the 15th as Padraig’s putter caught fire to be out in 33.


He holed a 16-footer for a birdie three at the 2nd, his 11th, before two wayward drives led to successive bogeys at 4 and 5. He bounced back with a monster putt at 6 for a much needed birdie two and saved par at the par-5 7th despite a penalty drop rendering that scenario most unlikely.

And just in case there was any uncertainty surrounding his score in relation to the cut mark, Harrington stitched a wedge to his penultimate hole for a tap in gain, good enough for a four under par total and a tie for 50th.

The news wasn’t so good for Power and McDowell as the pair went out without a whimper on a day of good scoring in Georgia.

Having got himself inside the cutline on the number, Power was left to rue a three putt at the last costing him a place in the weekend by a single shot.

He birdied four of the previous six holes to get himself in position, but from 50 feet, the West Waterford man left himself a testing six footer, one Seamus cruelly failed to convert.

McDowell was one shot further back, never threatening the weekend in a week where he just didn’t bring his best stuff.

A second round 62 bolted Austin Cook into a one shot lead at fourteen under par, just ahead of Brian Gay.

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