"I'm in a decent position" - Padraig Harrington moves into contention at the Scottish Open

He carded a second round 69 to leave him just two shots off the lead on five under par

BY Cian Roche 17:42 Friday 8 July 2016, 17:42 8 Jul 2016

Image: Kenny Smith / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Padraig Harrington continued to impress today ahead the Open Championship as he carded a three under par 69 to leave him two shots off Scottish Open outright leader, Danny Lee.

Harrington got off to an excellent start completing his opening back nine on two under par, picking up just one bogey along the way. 

The 44-year-old enjoyed himself in the links course, picking up another two birdies on the front nine, before a bogey two holes from home left him in third position.

"They softened the golf course up today and pushed a lot of tee boxes forward," he told Nick Dye, "It was a slightly different challenge. The wind kind of got up and down while we were out there. 

"I enjoyed yesterday, that was a big challenge. It was all about making pars and getting the odd birdie to get one in the bank. Today, every hole was trying to make a birdie flat out all the way home. It was a completely different mindset today compared to yesterday on most of the holes.

"I'm very happy, any time you're breaking 70 it's good. I didn't play quite as well as yesterday, I was a little bit more tentative today but I'm happy with my game and where it's at. 

"I'm seeing some good things in my game and now I'm seeing some good scores with it. It's a good time of the year for playing well."

Padraig Harrington picked up five birdies during his second round this afternoon. Image: Kenny Smith / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Harrington acknowledged the difference in his links golf game and that a lot of his competitors may not have the experience he has on the course.

"Some of the guys aren't used to playing links golf and they don't like the idea that you may have to hit a reasonable iron shot for your third shot for a par-five. To be honest, that's what I would have grown up with. Par fours that are 430 yards that are driving a long iron and not driving a wedge.

"Guys found that tough yesterday, but the scoring was quite good yesterday... and as seen by this cut line, it's moving into one-over. This golf course is well capable of taking a windy day because the fairways are wide and the greens are wide... The course was playable yesterday if you know how to play links golf shots."

When asked what his chances are of winning the competition he replied: "I'm in a decent position depending on what the weather is like this afternoon. There is a lot of birdies to be had out there now. With the tee boxes up, all the par fives are now in range."

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