Harrington and Clarke eyeing up strong finishes at Sanford International

Adam McKendry

Padraig Harrington (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke will both head into the final day of the Sanford International just inside the top-10 on the PGA Tour Champions with varying levels of satisfaction at being in that position.

For Harrington, it was a good second round for him as he found four birdies and one bogey in a three-under 67 to move up the leaderboard at Minnehaha Country Club to seven-under-par as scoring tightened up on day two.

But for Clarke, dropping to tied for ninth was a disappointment as he started the second day in second place, but a level-par 70 saw him tie Harrington at seven-under.


The 54-year-old did well to get back to level-par after three bogeys on his front nine, four birdies and just one more bogey earning him a top-10 berth as he looks to continue a good season on the PGA Tour Champions.

However, both are still well placed to be in contention in the final round in Sioux Falls as they are only three shots off leaders Jeff Maggert and Robert Karlsson, who lead the way at 10-under-par.

For the latter, it means he has a chance to go wire-to-wire on Sunday if he closes out the win, the Swede posting the lowest round on Friday with a 62 and backing it up with a two-under 68 on Saturday.

But the finest scoring came from Maggert, who birdied three of his last four holes on his way to a 66 that moved him into a share of the lead alongside Karlsson.

Rocco Mediate is the next-best placed player at nine-under-par thanks to a second round 67, with Steve Stricker, Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Stankowski, Ernie Els and Steve Flesch all at eight-under.


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