Harrington In the Hunt
Des Smyth fired an 8-under 63 to move into a tie for third alongside Adam Scott at 10-under-par 132. The duo was joined by Maarten Lafeber, who was unable to complete his round after fog delayed the start of play at Club de Campo. Play will resume Saturday at 3:00 AM (ET).
Harrington, who is attempting to overtake Retief Goosen in the Order of Merit race, found his touch at a familiar venue. The Irishman earned his first European Tour victory at the 1996 Spanish Open on this course.
The 31-year-old played the back nine first and collected four birdies to make the turn at minus-10 and distance himself from the field. After back-to-back birdies starting at the third, Harrington owned a three-shot lead.
Harrington struggled on his way to the clubhouse, however, with bogeys at the fifth and the ninth. He salvaged what he could with a birdie at the seventh to finish at minus-11.
'The bogey at the last came because I fell asleep,' said Harrington. 'I was thinking about lunch or something. I thought my day's work was over and it wasn't.'
Harrington is currently third on the European Tour money list, trailing South Africans Ernie Els and Goosen by a slim margin.
'I was not looking at what Retief was doing,' said Harrington. 'It's hard enough to control what I am doing. But overall I'm happy and you are always going to hit some bad shots.'
Immelman, who also started on the back nine, began slowly with birdies on 14 and 18. After making the turn to the front side, Immelman caught fire carding birdies on four of his final six holes to join Harrington atop the leaderboard.
Fellow Irishman Smyth also started on the 10th, but did his damage on the front side. Smyth picked up seven birdies over his last nine holes to finish one shot back.
'It's very exciting,' said Smyth. 'I love just breaking 70 these days - I always think I've had a successful day if I do that.'
Miles Tunnicliff had eight birdies and no bogeys for a 63 of his own. Tunnicliff, who earned his first European Tour victory at the The Great North Open earlier this year, was joined by Sam Torrance, Marten Olander and Fredrik Jacobson at 9-under-par 133.
First-round leader Lee Westwood carded a 1-under 70 to finish three shots back alongside Andrew Coltart and Paul Lawrie at 8-under-par 134.
Defending champion Goosen posted a 3-under 69 to finish one shot further back at 7-under-par 135. The reigning Order of Merit champion was joined by Paul Casey and Anders Hansen.
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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven
Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.
Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.
Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.
One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.
He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.
He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.
He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.
Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.
Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.
A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.
"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.
Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.
A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."
"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.
Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.
Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.
"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.
Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris
ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.
Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.
Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.
“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.
Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.
Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.
“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”
The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.