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August 24 2012

9:48 PM

Tough afternoon for first-round leader

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The nightmarish second round for Padraig Harrington has ended. And if he doesn’t crank it back up over the weekend, so has his Ryder Cup hopes.

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Harrington, the first-round leader of The Barclays after an opening 7-under 64, needed 11 more strokes on Friday as he finished with a 4-over 75 to drop well off he pace on the leaderboard at the Bethpage State Park Black Course.

Harrington, starting his round off the 10th tee, bogeyed his first three holes and added two more before making the turn. He shot 40 on Bethpage Black’s final nine holes after shooting 29 – with six birdies -- in the same stretch on Thursday.

Harrington settled down after the turn, putting together a string of pars before making his lone birdie of the day at the par-5 seventh. That leaves him at 3 under for the tournament, five shots off the lead.

The Irishman’s accuracy failed him Friday, as he missed six fairways and eight greens in regulation after missing just one fairway and two greens in the opening round.

European Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal said Thursday that Harrington would need to win The Barclays in order to have any hope of being a captain’s pick for next month’s Ryder Cup at Medinah.

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