Pádraig Harrington volition spell for broke if helium has to, but for present he's hoping to support Steve Stricker successful his sights arsenic helium bids to marque his maiden seniors triumph a large triumph successful the Regions Tradition successful Alabama.
s Séamus Power remained successful contention for the AT&T Byron Nelson successful Dallas, carding a five-under 67 to prevarication conscionable 4 shots disconnected the pb successful a necktie for ninth, Harrington birdied his past 2 holes for a six-under 66.
He shares 2nd spot with Scott McCarron connected nine-under-par, conscionable 2 shots down winning US Ryder Cup skipper Stricker, who changeable 68 to pb connected 11-under.
Harrington (50) has had 2 runner-up finishes connected the PGA TOUR Champions successful his past 3 starts.
But helium admits Greystone does not suit his crippled and helium indispensable conscionable hold patiently for his archetypal elder triumph and play wrong himself for the adjacent circular and a fractional earlier casting disconnected the shackles if helium needs to onslaught down the backmost 9 connected Sunday.
"I've had 2 antithetic days," Harrington said. "Yesterday I didn't play precise good but putted well; contiguous I played good but didn't putt well. Nine nether is simply a bully people to crook in; it's a rather intimidating play people successful itself, plentifulness of information retired there, truthful you're ever a small spot worried, but determination are immoderate holes you tin people connected too.
"If you deed bully shots, there's plentifulness of birdies and eagles to beryllium made. It's benignant of perfect nonrecreational golf, it's intimidating, but you tin inactive marque birdies."
Harrington's 2021 Ryder Cup other fig Stricker has finished second, archetypal and 2nd successful his past 3 appearances astatine Greystone and portion the Dubliner knows helium has his enactment chopped out, helium has nary plans to commencement chasing yet.
"Certainly, Sunday, if with 9 holes to spell I was three, four, oregon 5 shots backmost past I would surely alteration my crippled program and spell aft it a bit," the Dubliner said. "I'd instrumentality connected a fewer of those holes and spell for the pin if I'm astatine that stage. But for the adjacent 27 holes, I'll conscionable play the aforesaid shots and spot wherever we're at."
Happy to spot immoderate signifier contempt immoderate erratic putting, helium added: "Last week's play people truly suited me, this 1 doesn't suit maine astatine all. I've conscionable been playing bully golf; I'm blessed with my game. The putting comes and goes. I've tried to beryllium a spot much philosophical astir that, and arsenic I said, I had a large time connected the greens yesterday. I had 1 of those days connected the greens yesterday wherever I thought possibly I recovered the answer, but it wasn't truthful bully today.
"I'm being patient. Generally, I cognize I tin beryllium competitory connected immoderate of the play courses, but particularly if I person 1 that suits me, I cognize I person a accidental there. But I conscionable person to beryllium diligent and fto it happen."
Stricker changeable a four-under 68 to pb the archetypal of 5 PGA TOUR Champions majors by 2 shots arsenic helium comes backmost from a post-Ryder Cup wellness scare that saw him hospitalised for 2 weeks past year.
"It's pugnacious erstwhile you spot Steve, this is simply a large people for him, and he's moving distant this week," Harrington said. "I don't cognize what he'll decorativeness it today, but he'll beryllium pugnacious to drawback this weekend.
"I'm surely feeling precise blimpish for the fewer archetypal 2 days; I'm seeing a batch of information and swinging similar there's a batch retired there. That's conscionable the quality of the beast. Maybe I tin unfastened up connected the weekend. With 9 holes to go, I'd surely instrumentality connected a spot more."
As for Power, the West Waterford antheral is inactive close successful contention for his 2nd PGA TOUR win.
He birdied 4 of his past 5 holes to adhd a 67 to his opening 66 to stock ninth connected 11-under, 4 shots down co-leaders Ryan Palmer (62), David Skinns (63) and Sebastián Muñoz (69) successful the AT&T Byron Nelson astatine TPC Craig Ranch.
The West Waterford antheral volition spouse Beau Hossler and erstwhile Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama today.
But portion Kinsale's John Murphy made 5 birdies successful a three-under 69, his opening 76 proved excessively overmuch of a load and helium missed the five-under-par chopped by six strokes connected one-over.
On the LPGA Tour, Leona Maguire missed her 3rd chopped successful a enactment successful the Cognizant Founders Cup successful New Jersey successful her past commencement earlier the US Women's Open.
The Co Cavan prima bogeyed 3 of her past six holes, hitting conscionable 7 greens successful regularisation arsenic she added a 76 to her opening 69 to miss retired by 2 shots connected one-over.
Stephanie Meadow changeable 72 to marque the chopped connected the people connected one-under, leaving her 13 strokes down Australia's Minjee Lee, whose nine-under 63 astatine Upper Montclair Country Club near her a changeable up of Ally Ewing, Lexi Thompson and Madelene Sagstrom connected 14-under.