Har­ring­ton opens with 61 for ca­reer, course best

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

PALM HAR­BOR, FLA. | Padraig Har­ring­ton knew he was play­ing bet­ter golf than his scores in­di­cated. He just wasn’t ex­pect­ing the low­est of­fi­cial score of his life, a 10-un­der 61 to set the course record Thurs­day in the Tran­si­tions Cham­pi­onship.

Har­ring­ton took a step to­ward end­ing 17 months and 37 tour­na­ments with­out a vic­tory when he made 10 birdies, in­clud­ing a 75-footer late in his round, to build a three-shot lead among the early starters at In­nis­brook.

With a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th — how could it not go in the way his day was go­ing? — he broke by one shot the record at the es­teemed Cop­per­head Course at In­nis­brook that had been held by Mark Cal­cavec­chia in 2007 and Jeff Sluman in 2004.

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