Telefonica Open de Madrid
Telefonica Open de Madrid
Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on
Preivew of this years tournament
News and report from the 1st round
Scores from the 1st round
News and report from the 2nd round
Scores from the 2nd round
News and report from the 3rd round
Scores from the 3rd round
News and report from the 4th round
Scores from the 4th round
Golf Today report of last years event
For Genuity information click here
In association with Genuity International
For Genuity information click here
PGA: Stephen Ames coasts to six shot win
PGA: Tiger Woods ends difficult week with 75
Euro: Van de Velde ends 13 year victory wait
Stephen Ames vaults to World No. 27
Boost for the Philippine Open
Tiger Woods misses practice to be with father
Network News
Amateur:Hole in One Golf Society

Go-Golf:XtravagaNZa New Zealand

Industry:Portable Driving Range Covers
Golfpro:Swing Speed Meter
Ecology:Interview with STRI
Genuity sponsor European Tour player
Warren Bennett

Harrington on course for title defence

Padraig Harrington grabbed the lead in no uncertain terms in the opening round of the Telefonica Madrid Open today when he shot an incident-filled 8-under 63 to equal the Spanish Capital's majestic Club de Campo course record.

The smooth swinging Irishman fired eight birdies and an eagle - and might well have been 10 under but for bogies at the 5th and 16th holes.

It put him a shot ahead of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, two in front of fellow Irishman Des Smythe and Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez and Carlos Rodiles, and three ahead of a group of players that included Volvo Order Of Merit leader Retief Goosen, Phillip Price of Wales and England's Barry Lance, Andrew Marshall, Robert Coles and Brian Davis.

Goosen, who can virtually seal his place as Europe's first non-European No 1 golfer of the year since Greg Norman in 1982 if he can finish reasonably high up here, had a cool, flawless round that included five birdies and no dropped shots.

Darren Clarke, currently lying second on the European Order of Merit, but needing to win both this and the season's final European tour event, the Volvo Masters, to have any hope of edging past Goosen for Lee Westwood's European Crown, also had a reasonable, though not spectacular round.

The burly Ulsterman finished in the large group on four under.

For Harrington the Club de Campo brings back happy memories.

In 1996 it was the scene of his maiden European Tour success in the Peugeot Open de España and last year he won here again in the BBVA Open Turespaña Masters Communidad de Madrid.

Harrington then carded a 17-under par total of 267 to hold off the spirited challenge of Scotland's Gary Orr with Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson in third, and although the tournament has changed title sponsors since then, the Irishman remains the defending champion.

In today's sparkling form he certainly looks like the man to beat - especially now that he thinks he has found the secret to breaking his 2001 'nice guys come second' bogey


Email this page to a friend | Return to top of page

Genuity International, sponsors Golf Today