Texas Open: Padraig Harrington one shot off the lead after first round
Last Updated: 05/04/13 8:43am
Padraig Harrington: Irishman one off the lead after first round of Texas Open
Ireland's Padraig Harrington is just one shot off the pace after the first round of the Texas Open.
The 41-year-old coped well with the cold and windy conditions at TPC San Antonio to card a four-under 68.
American duo Peter Tomasulo and Matt Bettencourt head the leaderboard with Harrington in a group of four alongside three more Americans, Billy Horschel, Bryce Molder and Harris English.
Harrington birdied the second and added four more birdies on the back nine before a bogey at the par-five 18th, when he three-putted from 34 feet, cost him a share of the lead.
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-5 M Bettencourt
-5 P Tomasulo
-4 P Harrington (Irl)
-4 B Molder
-4 B Horschel
-4 H English
"That was a pity. Takes the shine off the day," he said.
"It wasn't a difficult putt. As I got over it I stood off it once because the wind was gusting from my left, which it shouldn't have been.
"This morning, early on, it was a battle. Last week back in Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold."
Tomasulo, making just his sixth start of the season on the PGA Tour and trying to regain full playing privileges after battling a rib injury two years ago, played in the last group of the day and finished birdie-birdie to join Bettencourt on five under.
Bettencourt's six birdies included a 21-footer at the 12th, with his only blemish a bogey at the par-four fourth.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who is trying to sharpen up his game before next week's Masters, had four birdies and four bogeys in an even-par 72.
Brian Davis is in a group of 10 on three under, while his fellow Englishman Ian Poulter fired a two-under 70 which was matched by Martin Laird of Scotland and Ireland's Shane Lowry.