Paddy Harrington Leads @ Transitions Championship March 16 2012

Paddy Harrington leads the Transitions Championship after a -10 under par first round of 61, a new course record at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. Padraig is three shots clear of the field, and is heading for a very happy St Patrick's Day on the 17th, if he keeps up the hot pace. Commenting on his beautiful round, Padraig said; " Where do I start; I've been playing nicely in practice. I shot 64 yesterday. I've been for a long time now, I play better on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday than I do on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I'm trying to stay patient. I know my game is good. One of the hardest things is to wait with confidence. I haven't putted very well, certainly very inconsistent for the last year and it's been showing up in my results. A lot of my good weeks are struggling just to get inside the Top-10 and that's kind of just showing up in my World Rankings, because unless you're finishing first, second or third you are not getting substantial points in that sense. So, yeah, it's been a strange last year, but as I said, I'm very comfortable where my game is at. I've made a lot of; I feel like good improvements and I feel like things for a long time, I'm feeling like things are ready to happen. Obviously today it showed the potential. Obviously today is a peak. But we'll wait and see what happens over the next number of weeks. I've certainly been; I have a good understanding of my game, let's say, at the moment. So I've been quite comfortable going into nearly every tournament this year." Snakes? What snakes?Greenwood/Getty Images Talking about it being St Patrick's week, Padraig was full of smiles; "I would consider that a coincidence. (Laughter) But it is nice that they named the day after me. (Laughter). And if you take the words of the people out there, it actually seems to be a whole week (smiling). Yeah, it's good. As I said, I get great support. I think there's 60 million people in the U.S. who claim Irish heritage. So every single event I go to, I get great support and gives them a little to shout this week. But if you came and watched my groups every week, there would be somebody out there, an Irish American, who would be there supporting. So it's just a little bit, I suppose it's just a little bit more highlighted this week because of the week it's in." Luke Donald and Justin Rose are six shots off the pace after opening rounds of 67, they surely did not expect to be so far adrift after just one round, but a little piece of Irish magic can do that to you. There is still a long way to  go, this is shaping up to be a great tournament, I am looking forward to the next round.