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Darren Clarke moves to top of Senior Open leaderboard with Harrington still in the hunt

Clarke hit five birdies and two bogeys in his second round to sit on eight-under-par.

Darren Clarke (file photo)
Darren Clarke (file photo)
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Updated Jul 22nd 2022, 7:15 PM

DARREN CLARKE MOVED to the top of the leaderboard at The Senior Open with a second round 67 at Gleneagles today.

Clarke hit five birdies and two bogeys to finish three-under-par for the day, building on a strong start yesterday where he registered a bogey-free five-under-par 65.

The 53-year-old was one of Friday’s early starters and now holds the clubhouse lead, sitting on eight-under-par.

Padraig Harrington – who shot a four-under 66 in the first round – and remains in contention after carding a 69 on Friday. The three-time major champion is tied for fourth on five under par. His fellow Dubliner Paul McGinley, meanwhile, is two-over after a second round 71.

Sean Fitzgerald is 11-over after a second round 75 and is set to miss the cut. 

At the time of writing, 60-year-old Spaniard Miguel Ángel Martín is Clarke’s nearest chaser, a shot back at seven under through 14 holes of his second round.

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