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Published: 01:48 | 31/7/16

Harrington downplays impressive third round


Padraig Harrington says he "scored better that I played" in Saturday's five-under par 65 in the third round of the US PGA Championship.

The 2008 PGA Championship winner hit five birdies during a bogey-free third round at Baltusrol in New Jersey before play was suspended for the day because of the poor weather.

Harrington, the only Irish golfer to make the cut, jumped 51 places up the leaderboard and into the top ten, five shots behind joint leaders Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker on nine under.

Australia's world number one Jason Day and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo are a further two shots behind the American pair.

"I probably made the most of the round today," Harrington, 44, said.

"I played average but made the most of it and took my chances.

"I hit the right shots at the right time and any of the shots that I didn’t hit well didn’t do me any harm. So it was one of those days. It’s nice when you score better than you play."

After the US PGA, Harrington will turn his focus to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the Dubliner says he is going to bring his family to Brazil and spend a week watching the Games after the golf finishes on 14 August.

"I think so much of the Olympics, I'm going to take a week's holiday and go to a number of events,'' he continued. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime to really have a great week's holiday the second week.

"The first week will be all business, but hopefully the second week we'll have a good week, and hopefully I'll do enough this week and next week to get myself up in the FedEx points.''

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