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Friday 24 November 2017

Harrington off pace in Volvo

PADRAIG Harrington dropped four shots in his final four holes to blow any chance of victory in the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt in South Africa.

Harrington finished with a double-bogey seven and, having also dropped shots on the previous two holes, the Dubliner's 73 left him with eight shots to make up.

After making birdie on the 15th to go to eight under Harrington's looked in contention until his nightmare finish.

British Open champion Darren Clarke carded seven birdies and two bogeys in a five-under-par 68 that moved him level with Harrington on four under for the tournament, while Michael Hoey improved on his opening 78 when carding a one-under 72 to lie on four over for the tournament. Local man Branden Grace capitalised as others faltered and is four shots clear at the head at the front of affairs.

Grace, last man into the European Tour's winners-only event thanks to his victory at the Joburg Open last Sunday, shot 66 to reach 12 under par.

Colsaerts, the overnight leader after round one, had a 76 - 12 more than his course record first round - to drop to joint fifth place.

While that was the joint worst score of the day, the best was a 65 from England's Lee Slattery. And it not only lifted the 33-year-old from 22nd to joint second with Thomas Aiken, another of the home contingent, but also earned him a £25,000 car.

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