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Impressive start from Harrington in Malaysia

An opening 64 left the Dubliner one shot off the lead at the Iskandar Johor Open.

Padraig Harrington lines up his putt in the first round of the Singapore Open.
Padraig Harrington lines up his putt in the first round of the Singapore Open.
Image: Bryan van der Beek/AP/Press Association Images

PADRAIG HARRINGTON IS just one off the lead as he made an impressive start to the defence of his title in Malaysia.

An opening 64 left the Dubliner one shot off the leader, trail Dutchman Joost Luiten, at the Iskandar Johor Open.

“It’s always nice when you come back to defend a title to put in a good showing. It’s great to be up near the top of the leaderboard, even though it’s early days, and it’s even nicer to be playing well.

“So it’s a case of so far, so good,” he told the European Tour website.

“I left a few shots out there but I’m still very happy with the score. I’m a bit surprised the scoring in general isn’t a little lower than it is.

“In our group, we must’ve made at least 25 birdies between us, and in some ways we fed off each other. A lot of times we made similar sorts of birdies on the same holes, which definitely helps you to keep your own momentum going.”

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