Harrington off to a flyer in Vilamoura

10/12/2012 11:08:11 AM
Padraig Harrington  (Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington (Getty Images)
More than four years on from his last European Tour win Padraig Harrington charged into a share of the early second round lead at the Portugal Masters.

Ireland's three-time Major Champion had four birdies in his first six holes to move alongside overnight pacesetters Ross Fisher and Stephen Gallacher on six under par.

Harrington and Fisher were both unable to retain their Ryder Cup places this season, despite the 41 year old Dubliner finishing fourth in the US Open and eighth in The Masters.

Miguel Angel Jiménez, another of the 2010 Celtic Manor side who was one of Europe's vice-captains in Chicago two weeks ago, moved only one behind by matching three of Harrington's birdies.

Three months away from his 49th birthday, Jiménez is trying to become the oldest winner in The European Tour’s history.

Fisher and Gallacher were among the later starters on day two, hoping that the wind did not pick up as it did in the opening round.

Harrington added his fourth birdie of the day at the long 17th - his eighth - and when he picked up another on the 358 yard second he was two clear of the field at eight under.

Jiménez remained five under with eight to play and in fourth place was alongside not only Murray, but also Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, twice a winner already this season.