Padraig Harrington happy with his vision after firing six-under-par 66 in Thailand

Last Updated: 16/03/13 12:26pm

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Padraig Harrington - pictured here at Pebble Beach - is two off the pace in Thailand

Padraig Harrington - pictured here at Pebble Beach - is two off the pace in Thailand

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Padraig Harrington believes he has finally discovered the perfect pair of spectacles for golf, after carding a six-under-par 66 on day two of the Thailand Open at Thana City.

The three-time Major winner kept a bogey off his card on Friday in Bangkok as he moved to within two strokes of 36-hole leader Scott Strange.

The 41-year-old Irishman said: "These glasses are pair number five. I also have six and seven with me this week but pair number five seems to be the one making it at the moment.

"They're all different frames and different lenses. These are a little bit shorter and the screw is a bit long but they seem to be winning right now."

McGinley injured

However, the world No 54 will be teeing-up on Saturday without his compatriot Paul McGinley.

Europe's Ryder Cup skipper for 2014 was forced to withdraw midway through the second round with a bad back.

Defending champion Chris Wood from Bristol is level with Harrington after making a strong finish to his second round.

The Englishman posted five birdies in his closing nine holes and is hot on the heels of leader Strange.

The 35-year-old Australian lost his European Tour card last year and he believes the opportunity to play closer to home and spend more time with his family has helped him improve his game.

Strange, a former winner of the Wales Open, said: "A few things have changed in my life.

"I'm not playing as much overseas, and we've got another daughter so I'm trying to be home a bit more. The mind is relaxed and refreshed.

"I think the Japanese Tour is a great fit, especially for family life in Australia. You're not flying to Europe for six or seven months of the year and then coming back, so if I'm fortunate enough to win this week, I'll be in Japan and that would be great."

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