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Harrington Shares Madrid Open Lead

October 25, 2002

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MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Irishman Padraig Harrington and South African Trevor Immelman shared the lead Friday at the Madrid Open, where 32 players could not complete the second round because fog delayed its start.

Harrington would become the European tour’s leading money winner should he earn $34,000 more than South African Retief Goosen in the $1.37 million event that pays the winner more than $2000,000. Harrington carded a five-under-par 66 on the 6,957-yard Club de Campo course to stand 11 under at 131 after 36 holes.

Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, was tied for 11th among those who finished, and was four shots behind the co-leaders. But Harrington wasn’t even thinking about that.

``I was not looking at what Retief was doing,″ Harrington said. ``It’s hard enough to control what I am doing. But overall I’m happy. I’m leading and you are always going to hit some bad shots.″

Immelman birdied the final hole for a 65 that left him 11 under. He and Harrington were a shot ahead of Irishman Des Smyth, who carded a 63.

Adam Scott of Australia and Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands, among those still to complete the round, were 10 under playing the back nine when darkness brought play to a halt. They are to finish the round, delayed for 90 minutes at the start, on Saturday.

Sam Torrance of Scotland had a 66 for a 133. He was tied with Englishman Miles Tunnicliff and Marten Olander of Sweden. Tunnicliff had a 63 and Olander a 66.

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