Harrington Poulter Safe from the Rain

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2006 Nissan Irish OpenMAYNOOTH, Ireland -- Ignacio Garrido is 3 under par through six holes of Thursday's suspended first round of the Nissan Irish Open. That is good for the lead during a long day at Carton House Golf Club.
 
There was a six-hour wind delay as balls were moving off some putting surfaces. When the players finally returned, there were severe storms, but half of the field did complete the first round.
 
Golfers will return to the course at 2:30 a.m. ET Friday morning to finish the first round. The group that comes back to complete the first round will turn right around and begin the second round, with the players who finished the first round on Thursday scheduled to tee off in round two late on Friday.
 
The second round will not be completed until Saturday, if the weather allows. Rain and heavy wind, although not as severe as it was Thursday, is on tap for the rest of the week.
 
Iain Pyman is the leader in the clubhouse at 2-under-par 70. David Higgins, Andrew Marshall and Tom Whitehouse are all at minus-2 with several holes to play in the first round.
 
European Ryder Cuppers Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington both carded rounds of 1-under-par 71.
 
For Poulter, the long day came at an awful time. He and several friends flew in from Paris Wednesday night after watching the Barcelona/Arsenal soccer game.
 
'That was bizarre, really,' said Poulter. 'I didn't anticipate spending more than 12 hours to complete my round of golf. Unbelievable. It was certainly quicker to jump on a plane to Paris, watch the game, come back and go to bed. All in all, on a couple of hours sleep, I am more than happy to shoot 1 under in those conditions.'
 
Harrington, who is trying to become the first Irishman to win his national championship since John O'Leary in 1982, traded a birdie and a bogey over his last five holes after the delay to stay at minus-1.
 
'I'm obviously pleased with that score and to play the last five holes in level par,' said Harrington. 'I got myself in good position all day with the exception of leaving myself with some difficult par-saving putts. I wasn't trusting the pace so I was happy enough to get in a few 10-footers and that's what produced a decent score.'
 
Garrido began on the back nine Thursday and birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th holes.
 
Pyman also started on the second nine and was 1 over par after 10 holes. He came back after the delay and birdied three holes in a row from the sixth to get the clubhouse lead.
 
'That was brutal. Horrific,' admitted Pyman. 'It was not very nice out there at all. There was no let up whatsoever.'
 
Pyman is just happy to be in the field this week. On Monday, he was the third reserve, but later the same day he found out he was in the field. That was certainly a better change from a few weeks back.
 
'It makes a nice change from my experience in China recently when I was a reserve, but didn't get in,' said Pyman. 'I basically blew 1,500 euros flying to China for a couple of days practice before coming home. It wasn't a great experience.'
 
Last week's British Masters champion Johan Edfors, Anthony Wall, Bradley Dredge, Asian Open winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Andalucia Open champion Niclas Fasth, Christian Cevaer, Robert Karlsson, Steven O'Hara, Anders Hansen, Stuart Little, Richard Bland and Mark Davis are all 1 under par in the first round.
 
Defending champion Stephen Dodd is 1 over par through eight holes in round one.
 
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