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Goosen & Harrington drawn together

The race for the Volvo Order of Merit heated up with the news that current money leader Retief Goosen, who is also the reigning champion, and second placed Padraig Harrington were drawn together for the first round of the Volvo Masters.

The pair will tee off at 12:35 GMT, one group behind seven-times European number one Colin Montgomerie and Spaniard Sergio Garcia are set to tee off one group earlier, at 12:26 GMT, while twice US Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and Englishman Justin Rose have been paired together for a 12:08 GMT start.

Harrington, the defending champion at Montecasatillo Golf Club, starts this week a meagre € 23, 119 behind the South African and needs only to finish above Goosen to dethrone him.

But the Goose is no stranger to pressure situations and will be a hard man to overthrow.

Three times a winner this year, Goosen has done well on both sides of the Atlantic and will be looking to cap an excellent follow-up year to his breakthrough season in 2001.

Harrington, one of the heroes of the European Ryder Cup win at the Belfry, has been equally prodigious.

His most recent victory came at the Dunhill links Championship just a few days after the chaotic climax to the 34th match.

And, having thrown away a chance to overtake Goosen at the Italian Open last week, Harrington will be fired up.


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