Originally created 04/28/01

Harrington leads Portuguese Open



FARO, Portugal -- Padraig Harrington held a two-stroke lead Friday and playing partner Colin Montgomerie failed to make the cut halfway through the $900,000 Portuguese Open.

Harrington, cheered by about a hundred Irish fans, shot a 2-under-par 70 over the Quinta do Lago course to finish at 10-under 134.

"There's a lot of Irish people live down here," Harrington said of southern Portugal's Algarve region. "So there's a lot of support."

Two strokes back were Scotland's Alastair Forsyth (68) and England's David Gilford (70). Next at 137 were Spain's Ignacio Garrido (68) and England's David Howell (70).

Harrington, the first-round leader, had four birdies and two bogeys on a sunny, gusty day.

"Windy weather suits me," he said.

Montgomerie shot a 72 to finish at 145, missing the cut by one shot. He also missed the cut at the Masters, marking the first time since August 1998 he has failed to make the cut in successive tournaments.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed," the Scotsman said. "My putter let me down. The rest of my game? It can't be good, can it? I shouldn't be missing cuts."

Hank Kuehne of Dallas recovered from a double-bogey 7 at the second hole to card a 69 and finish at 140. Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam shot a 70 for 144 to beat the cut by one shot.