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Luck of the Irish

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Padraig Harrington’s last-minute travels didn’t seem to be bothering him as he reached the turn at a windblown Copperhead Course on Thursday.

Although he’s well off the pace set by early leader Garrett Willis (6-under 65) at the Transitions Championship, the Irishman is even par through five holes after racing back from Washington, D.C., where he attended a St. Patrick’s Day party at the White House on Wednesday.

“President Obama is one of the most charismatic people of the world, one of the most powerful people in the world; you want to meet these people and see what they are like and get your own judgment on things,” Harrington said last week at Doral.

Harrington fortunately drew an afternoon tee time (1:12 p.m.) on Thursday which allowed him to make it back from Washington in time. Lucky, indeed, particularly for a system officials call completely random.