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Monday 20 August 2018

Harrington worried by putting form in France

Pádraig Harrington, much to his relief, has two more rounds to try to get his game in shape for next week's Ryder Cup.

Despite being the only player in the world's top 80 taking part at the Vivendi Trophy in Paris, Harrington survived the halfway cut with nothing to spare last night -- and needed three birdies in his last six holes to do it.

A second-round 74, however, left the Dubliner 11 strokes adrift of joint halfway leaders John Parry and Jarmo Sandelin.

Harrington is looking for a big improvement in his putting on his return to the Marly course at Golf de Joyenval.

"I need to practise it and get that ready for next week," said the three-time major champion, without a Tour win for more than two years and down from third in the world to 22nd in that time.

"I can see that's the weakest part of my game and that's where my focus will be. It needs to be tidied up for next week.

"But I like the fact that I played well when I had to. It's always good when your back is to the wall, you have to perform and you do."

Paul McGinley, like Harrington, also stopped what could have been three missed cuts in succession in Europe by scoring a 73 for a three-under-par tally. Gary Murphy joined McGinley on the three-under mark with scores of 69 and 72, while Peter Lawrie, with a 70 for level par, and Simon Thornton, a 69 for a one-over, both missed the cut.

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