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DAY ONE AT THE DDF IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION

  • Rory McIlroy cards a first round 80 in very tough conditions
  • Alex Levy going well, while Danny Willett, Soren Kjeldsen & Emiliano Grillo have the clubhouse lead at -2
  • The likes of Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell are also competing
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By Adrian Millerick, Jamie Kennedy and Dave Clark at Royal County Down GC, Northern Ireland

16:04

Padraig Harrington, who returned to winning ways in the US PGA Tour’s Honda Classic earlier this year, looks like a man on a mission to end a winless stretch on The European Tour that goes back to the 2008 US PGA Championship. The 43 year old birdies the 15th from ten feet and is three under par – just one behind Hansen.

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15:57

Earlier I said it was a good day for Danes called Søren. Well, Anders Hansen is bucking that trend as a birdie on the first takes him to two under. Neil has bogeyed the eighth, but the amateur is still in excellent shape at two under for his round.

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15:46

ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP! Levy bogeys the 15th, and moments later Hansen – who played in the 2008 Ryder Cup – birdies the sixth from close range. Harrington makes a good up-and-down from the bunker for par on the 14th.

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