No offense, but Padraig Harrington wouldn't mind a little chaos
this weekend. You know, one of those windy days when anything can
happen. Think 1992. Tom Kite. Harrington, the only player who has
won three majors since 2007, threw out his second 73 this week and
is sitting at 4-over 146 -- seven shots behind leader Graeme
McDowell. Tied for 25th with, oh, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, David
Toms, Scott Verplank and a few others. "From my own perspective,
I'd love to see one of the rounds absolutely to be chaos,''
Harrington said. "When you're seven shots behind, seven shots can
go very quickly on a golf course - a bit like 1992 which Tom Kite
won. It doesn't take very much for seven shots to disappear on a
windy, fair day out there. "Not saying I'll enjoy it myself, but it
will give me the best opportunity.'' He knows he needs a weekend
like he had at Oakland Hills when he won the 2008 PGA Championship.
A pair of 66s. Good enough to edge Sergio Garcia. The kind of day
playing partner Phil Mickelson had Friday at Pebble Beach -- one
that pushed him 64 places up the leader board and into a tie for
second. "I've got to go out and play well two consecutive rounds,''
Harrington said. "I've got a bit of work to do from where I'm at.''
He was a little disappointed that he gave himself a little more
work to do at the end of the day. "I failed to play 17 well
and didn't get up and down on 18 either,'' he said of his bogey-par
finish. "If I would've got home at level par, i would have felt
really good going into the weekend.'' As it is, he knows the low
rounds are out there. He watched every shot of Mickelson's Friday.
He knows it can be done. "He was spectacular all day,'' Harrington
said. "I got to see it first hand. He didn't miss a shot all day.
He had the ball well under control. Best I've ever seen him play.
It was as easy a 66 as you'll ever see.'' And if someone guaranteed
Harrington a closing 66? Chaos or not. "I wouldn't turn it down''
-- Melanie Hauser