Published Saturday, 25 August 2012
Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during round 2 (© Getty)
A day after he surged to the front of the field with a terrific seven-under 64, Harrington followed up with a four-over-par 75 on Friday.
He dropped into a share of 16th place, five shots off the eight-under pace set by Nick Watney and Sergio Garcia.
Harrington began his second round on the back nine and was five over par for his round by the halfway stage, with a birdie at the long seventh - his 16th hole - the only shot he picked up all day.
Watney shot 69 while Garcia followed an opening 66 with a 68, and the Spaniard who won last week's Wyndham Championships is booked in for Ryder Cup duty at Medinah next month.
World number one Rory McIlroy drifted back to level par after a two-over 73, and that left him alongside Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald who both went round in 74.
So far Europe captain José María Olazábal knows nine of his 12 players for Chicago next month.
They are, in world ranking order, McIlroy, Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Paul Lawrie.
Meanwhile, Olazábal's assistant Darren Clarke missed the cut at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles on Friday.