Harrington off to solid start in North Carolina as Charles Schwab race heats up

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Padraig Harrington (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington’s hopes of taking another step toward the Charles Schwab Cup title got a little boost after his opening round at the SAS Championship.

The Irishman signed for four birdies and two bogeys in a two-under-par opening round at Prestonwood Golf Club to share 15th, although that’s six shots back of leader Rocco Mediate already.

Harrington, who is second in the Order of Merit standings in his rookie season, has made no secret of his desire to win the Charles Schwab Cup for the most consistent athlete this season and with leader Steven Alker opening with a level-par 72, Harrington has a chance to gain some vital ground as the season begins to reach its conclusion.

If he is to win the tournament, however, he will need to turn things around quickly as Mediate is already six shots ahead of him after an eagle on the 17th set up an opening round of 65.

The American holds a slender one-shot lead over Korea’s Y.E. Yang, who kicked things off with a six-under 66, with Tom Gillis a stroke further back as he is another shot behind.

Darren Clarke is only a shot further back of Harrington as he carded three birdies and two bogeys in a one-under 71 to open, good for a share of 28th.

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