With very little to show from his four 2015 outings to date, Padraig Harrington has taken everyone by surprise by claiming the Honda Classic halfway lead


Step back six or seven years and Padraig Harrington was winning Majors seemingly at will and reigning high in golf’s world pecking order. But the 2008 USPGA Championship remains the 43-year-old Irishman’s last victory on either of the world’s two main tours, with his last non-Major victories coming in the 2007 Irish Open in Europe and the 2005 Barclays Classic in America.

Last year, Harrington recorded a solitary top 10 in Europe in the season-opening limited field Volvo Champions where he finished 5th, while his best finish in America was 22nd in the Byron Nelson Championship in May. Harrington finished 97th on the Race to Dubai – his lowest ranking in 20 years on tour. He also finished a lowly 188th in the FedEx standings, with his last top 10 on the PGA Tour coming in the FedEx St Jude Classic in June 2013.

He has made four PGA Tour appearances to date in 2015, missing the cut three times and finishing 56th at Riviera. But after two rounds at the Honda Classic, Harrington is leading a PGA Tour event for the first time in many moons after excellent rounds of 67 and 66 in testing conditions, on a leaderboard that looks very pleasing to a European eye with Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Russell Knox, a resurgent Paul Casey and Jamie Donaldson all in the top 10 after two rounds.