FILE - In this Sunday, July 20, 2008, file photo, Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, kisses the trophy after winning the British Open Golf championship, at the Royal Birkdale golf course, in Southport, England. First-timers have won the last seven majors. Th
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July 14, 2017

IRVINE, Scotland (AP) Padraig Harrington shot a 4-under 68 to lead the Scottish Open by three strokes on 9 under midway through the second round Friday.

The Irishman is showing good form on the links a week before playing the British Open at Royal Birkdale, where he lifted the claret jug in 2008 the last time the major was staged there.

Harrington followed up an opening-round 67 by making four birdies in a light breeze and under overcast skies at Dundonald Links. He didn't drop any shots.

Matt Kuchar, the runner-up in 2015, shot 70 for second place in the clubhouse, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Mikko Ilonen (74).

World No. 4 Rory McIlroy, on 2 over, was battling to avoid missing the cut when he teed off with Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson in the afternoon's marquee group.

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