June 14 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're looking for Padraig Harrington on Thursday afternoon, check out the practice green at The Olympic Club.
Two four-putts and a three-putt will certainly send a man searching for answers. Without them, Harrington, a three-time major champion, would be right in the hunt. Instead, he had to settle for a 74 that left him eight strokes off the pace set by Michael Thompson.
"I had two four-putts and a three-putt, two stubbed chips from the edge of the green," Harrington said. "That's a lot of shots. I don't think, I can't remember ever having a four-putt and I had two of them today."
While he was frustrated by his putting -- Harrington used 31 strokes on the green -- he really liked the test presented by The Olympic Club. Harrington, who ranks 127th in strokes-gained putting on TOUR this year, made three birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys.
"The course is super," the Irishman said. "Brilliant. Actually, not difficult either. It's nicely setup. Very playable. ... It's ideal. It just goes to show what the firm greens scare the life out of professional golfers. So it's excellent."