Padraig Harrington eight off the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open

Leading the way is George Coetzee

BY Raf Diallo 18:02 Thursday 3 November 2016, 18:02 3 Nov 2016

Padraig Harrington hits the ball out of a bunker during the 73th Italy Open Golf Championship in Monza, Italy, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Padraig Harrington is eight shots off the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open heading into the second round.

Fresh from winning the Portugal Masters two weeks ago, the three-time major winner carded a 1-over par 72 at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa resort course.

The Dubliner managed four birdies across the 18 holes but a triple bogey on the sixth and bogeys on the 10th and 18th held him back.

He will tee off his second round at 11.40am local time.

Leading the way is George Coetzee of South Africa on 7-under after carding a 64.

He holds a one-shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark who is on 6-under.

Among the high profiler challengers with the Race to Dubai in mind, England's Danny Willett is on 2-under.

Rory McIlroy had already pulled out of the tournament before it started.

The 28-year-old withdrew from the event due to security concerns.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson is also an absentee having pulled out.

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