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Irish Open: Harrington in contention

The 2007 winner is the best of the Irish heading into Day 3 at Royal Portrush.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON HEADED out to the first tee at Royal Portrush this afternoon with his sights firmly set on a first European Tour win since 2008.

The Dubliner has not tasted victory since picking up the British Open and PGA Championship in the space of a month four years ago but he has rediscovered some form in 2012 and finished fourth at the Olympic Club in the US Open a fortnight ago.

With Frenchman Gregory Bourdy leading the field at the midway point, Harrington currently carries the hopes of the home fans – sitting two shots back and tied for third on 10-under par after two rounds of 67.

Also in front of the 2007 Irish Open winner is England’s Mark Forster while Paul McGinley and Rory McIlroy are both 6-under par eight holes into today’s round.

Further down the leaderboard are 2009 champion Shane Lowry and Simon Thornton on -2 with four holes remaining.

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