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Harrington misses cut in France

SECOND-ROUND LEADERBOARD: (GB & Ire unless stated)
-10 R Echenique (Arg) -8 M Kaymer (Ger), C Schwartzel (SA), S Webster -7 R Green (Aus), P Hanson (Swe) Selected others:-6 L Westwood -1 I Poulter +3 A Cabrera (Arg) +5 P Harrington


Padraig Harrington (left) and Ian Poulter
Harrington (left) played with Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter

Padraig Harrington's miserable form continued as he missed his fifth successive cut after carding a 75 in the second round of the French Open.

The Irishman had been hoping to regain his form in the penultimate event before launching the defence of his Open title at Turnberry on 16 July.

But Harrington, who also won the 2008 USPGA, ended the day on five over par.

Harrington was 15 shots behind leader Rafa Echenique of Argentina, who carded a four-under 67 for 10 under overall.

Germany's Martin Kaymer (72), South African Charl Schwartzel (66) and England's Steve Webster (65) shared second spot on eight under.

England's Lee Westwood (68) is six under, while his compatriot and Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter (69) is one under.

"I was never comfortable on the greens all week," said Harrington.

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"I'm hoping that's all it was. I just struggled - just putted terribly and didn't get any confidence. That's reflected in the score.

"It showed up the weakness in my putting. I've been happy with it and still am physically, but it certainly got on top of me this week and that's where the focus will be.

"You don't just click, but I have another week. The last six months the focus has been on my swing and definitely now I will be firmly focused on my previous strength - a good, sharp short game.

"I'm not worried about how hard they set up Turnberry. I will be more worried about how I am - but I can manage any challenge.

"It's hard to think of shooting 20 under, 15 under or even 12 under with the form I've had but it could all change next week."

A triple-bogey eight on the 14th after he went out of bounds at the National Course near Versailles ultimately ended Harrington's hopes. And the 38-year-old ran up 66 putts in his two rounds

Harrington last played four rounds of an event at the Players Championship in Florida in early May and is without a top-10 finish since January.

Now he has only next week's Irish PGA championship to find a bit of confidence before heading to Scotland, where he will be seeking to win a third Open in a row.

Echenique, who finished second at last week's BMW International Open, recovered from a first-hole bogey by picking up five shots in the next eight holes.

And there was better news for Harrington's fellow Irishman Shane Lowry who made his first cut since turning professional.

Lowry, who won the Irish Open in May, avoided a two-shot penalty for being late on the first tee by only 10 seconds.

He had to sprint 200 yards and leap several feet down on to the tee after being warned he was running out of time. He went round in 72.



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