Paddy posts 64 for share of lead in Malaysia

Johor Open (Rd. 1)

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia – Padraig Harrington had two eagles on the last three holes to shoot an 8-under 64 Thursday and take the first-round lead at the Iskandar Johor Open.

Harrington opened his round with three straight birdies. He finished with eagles on the 16th and 18th to tie Marcus Both of Australia and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand at the Asian Tour event.

Harrington said “it was nice to finish eagle, par, eagle. That’s a rare thing to do.”

Harrington drove the green on the par-4, 314-yard 16th hole and sank an 18-foot eagle putt. He then made a 25-footer at the par-5, 18th despite gusty winds that greeted players in the afternoon.

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