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April 5, 2013

Harrington’s 68 ties early lead at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO — Padraig Harrington felt right at home in the early morning cold and wind on Thursday, even if he didn’t particularly enjoy the conditions.

The three-time major winner from Ireland opened with a 4-under par 68 and earned a share of the early lead with Florida’s Billy Horschel at the Texas Open.

Harrington overcame the chilly temperatures and steady wind to go as low as 5 under before finishing with a bogey on No. 18. The former British Open and PGA Championship winner began his day with four layers of clothing in an attempt to stay warm as the Texas winds whipped in from the north.

“Last week back in Ireland, it was snowing, and I didn’t feel as cold,” Harrington said.

Rory McIlroy, who entered the tournament last week as a final opportunity to prep for next week’s Masters, opened with an even-par 72. He was tied for 36th as the morning rounds finished up and the afternoon wave began.

The former world No. 1 was 2 under early in his round, which began on No. 10 on the difficult 7,435-yard layout.

However, McIlroy found the water on the par-5 18th when his approach came up short — beginning a stretch of three straight bogeys. He was 1 under entering his final hole of the round, No. 9, and missed a 7-foot par putt to fall back to even.

The up-and-down round was hardly what McIlroy, who has just one top 10 finish this year, envisioned when he added the tournament to his schedule.

“More mental than anything else,” McIlroy said. “It’s just about limiting those mistakes. It’s definitely more mental mistakes than physical.”

While McIlroy struggled, Horschel continued to show the form that led to a second-place finish at last week’s Houston Open. Horschel jumped from 60th to 24th on the money list following last week’s performance, and he tied Harrington on Thursday with a final-hole birdie on No. 9.

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