Harrington Sits Atop the Leaderboard in the Early Stages of the Bridgestone Invitational

Tim ClarkThe Bridgestone Invitational is underway and it seems that Padraig Harrington is ready to bounce back from his poor season. Harrington has missed five straight cuts and has often found himself right near the bottom of some leaderboards all season long. However he didn’t let that get to him and played his best round of golf on the entire year on Thursday. He finished with a 6 under 64 and leads the pack by two shots at the Bridgestone Invitational.

However Harrington is quick to play down his accomplishments as he knows it will take much more to stay ahead of the pack and make an impact on the leaderboard. He knows that if he heads out on Friday and doesn’t manage to play with the same edge that he could fall fast and allow the competition back in.

Top players such as Tim Clark, Scott Verplank and Pravad Marksaeng sit two strokes back of Harrington and are followed closely by Masters champion Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker. Tiger Woods did not do anything spectacular but played well enough to remain in the thick of the race with an opening round of 68. He is attempting for his 7th victory on the course. Just a week ago Woods was in 95th place during the Buick Open and managed to storm back and win. Golf fans will want to keep an eye on defending champion Vijay Singh and lefty Phil Mickelson who managed to squeak out an even par 70.

While this was just the opening round of the event it was an excellent start to the Bridgestone Invitational and showed that the competition is going to be thick. Friday should prove to be another exciting day as golfers try to make a move to the top of the leaderboard and catch up to Harrington. While many fans will be hoping that Harrington can keep up his play, there are a lot of people waiting for him to fall apart with the pressure.

Tags: Padraig Harrington, Tim Clark, Scott Verplank, Pravad Marksaeng, Steve Stricker, Buick Open, Vijay Singh
Posted: 7th August 2009

News Harrington Sits Atop the Leaderboard in the Early Stages of the Bridgestone Invitational
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