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Harrington 16th at Scottish Championship but Ulster's Caldwell is fifth

England’s Matt Wallace is leading the way, six shots ahead of fifth-placed Caldwell.

Harrington on the 18th at Fairmount St Andrews today.
Harrington on the 18th at Fairmount St Andrews today.
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PADRAIG HARRINGTON SHOT a 73 to fall down the leaderboard today after a bad back nine.

At one stage, Harrington was three under for his round, 11 under for the tournament, after birdying the two par fives on the front nine and getting a superb eagle at the par four, seventh.

However, bogeys on the second and ninth blotted his card on the front nine and then disaster struck on the back nine when he posted a bogey on 11 and a double bogey on 17.

He is ten shots off the lead held by Matt Wallace who carded an excellent bogey-free 66 to take control after three days of this competition.

The Englishman recently slipped out of the world’s top 50 for the first time in almost two years after just one top 10 finish in 2020 but he has looked back to his best at Fairmont St Andrews.

Wallace has four European Tour wins to his name and it was easy to see why as he carded an eagle and four birdies to propel himself to 18 under and into a three-shot lead over countryman Garrick Porteous.

The Ryder Cup hopeful looks to be hitting some form just at the right time as the race to be part of Harrington’s European team resumes in the new year, and he believes a new mental approach is helping him rediscover his best.


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“They’ve been telling me if I did this, it would come good at some point so I really tried hard today,” he told

“It was nice to really focus on the process rather than try and play good golf. It was literally like ‘let’s work on this and see how it goes’ and it came good.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Especially at the end there to finish the way I did was really nice. It’s probably the best I’ve ever handled myself.”

Wallace birdied the short fourth and when given another opportunity at a gettable par four on the seventh, he holed from 20 feet for an eagle to turn in 33.

He put an approach to four feet on the 14th and then holed a brilliant bunker shot on the 17th before taking advantage of the par five last to burst clear.

Porteous won the Amateur Championship in 2013 but is still looking for a first professional win on a top-flight tour and he matched Wallace with a 66 to sit a shot ahead of Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and two clear of American Sean Crocker.

Ulster’s Jonathan Caldwell and English pair Chris Paisley and Eddie Pepperell were at 12 under, with the home challenge being led by Calum Hill and Marc Warren, who were 10 shots off the lead.

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