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Published: 11:42 | 9/7/16

Harrington unhappy with 'easy' Castle Stuart

Former Open champion Padraig Harrington says Scottish Open organisers "softened" the course following high winds at Castle Stuart.

Tournament officials moved tees forward and slowed the greens after players struggled with their putts as winds lashed the Inverness course.

The Dubliner, who won the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and defended his title the following year at Royal Birkdale, says he would have preferred to have played in the tougher conditions ahead of next week's Open at Royal Troon.

"It was a tough day but I felt it was very playable," Harrington said.

"They hadn't hidden the pin positions, the fairways are wide enough for that sort of wind, the greens are wide enough at the front for that sort of wind.

"It was just a linksy day. It was similar to what I'd get at home if I played during the winter.

"I was disappointed that they went and softened the golf course up today. I think they made it a little too easy."

Sweden's Alex Noren leads the Scottish Open on eight under par after sinking three birdies on his final four holes, with Harrington and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell three shots further behind.

Belfast's Michael Hoey made the cut by one stroke after a two-over par 146, but Shane Lowry, Paul Dunne and Paul McGinley all missed out.

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