'I'm still in the hunt. Obviously a lot of work has to be done to catch McEvoy' As a qualified number cruncher, Padraig Harrington has not counted himself out of contention of winning the Omega Hong Kong Open tomorrow. The Irishman is six shots behind leader Richard McEvoy, but, by his reckoning, feels he is still in with a shout. 'I'm still in the hunt. Obviously a lot of work has to be done to catch him [McEvoy] on 10 under. But it is only one guy. If there were a bunch of guys on 10 under, then it would be difficult. But now, I'm still in the tournament,' said Harrington, who carded a one-under-par 69 in the second round yesterday. His views will be reassuring for sponsors and organisers who would like nothing better than a 'big name' player winning the 45th Hong Kong Open which this year is being backed by government funds - from the Relaunch Hong Kong Campaign - amounting to $2.7 million. Some part of this money has gone towards getting Harrington - the world number 10 is the highest-ranked player in this tournament - and other drawcards to Hong Kong, including Darren Clarke, Nick Faldo and Jose Maria Olazabal. The Hong Kong Golf Association felt the government's infusion of funds would be better spent as appearance money for top international stars, rather than raising the prize money from US$700,000 to the cherished goal of US$1 million. Harrington, 32, who qualified as an accountant before turning professional in 1995, will understand the concept of getting value for money. And he is determined to provide just that this weekend as he goes in hunt of leader McEvoy, the little-known Englishman, who earned his European Tour card by finishing first in the Qualifying School only last month. 'Anything can still happen. One good round is all it takes to be in there. But the way this chap [McEvoy] is going, he could win this tournament with a score of 20 under,' said Harrington, who shot two birdies and a bogey in a steady second round to reach the halfway mark on four-under 136. Appearing for the first time in Hong Kong, the Irishman was not willing to chance his arm and played regulation golf, perhaps hoping the leaders would drop shots. 'I had two contrasting nine holes. I didn't play brilliant on the front nine while coming in. I had played better in my opening nine holes. But still I'm pleased with the position I'm in,' said Harrington. Having qualified as an accountant as a fall-back plan, Harrington said his years of study had given him a mental edge which he hoped he could put to use to reel in McEvoy. 'I learned accounting as a back-up in case I didn't do so well in golf. The discipline I learned while studying shows up in my game and it has helped me a great deal,' revealed Harrington. It certainly has in recent years. A member of the 2002 Ryder Cup-winning European team, Harrington has been a top-10 fixture in the world rankings in the past three seasons. Last season he won twice and finished third overall in the European Tour Order of Merit. Just 12 months ago, Harrington started the European Tour season on a winning note when he held off Asian PGA regular Jyoti Randhawa to win the BMW Asian Open in Taiwan. This time the season-opener - also the penultimate leg of the Asian PGA Tour - is here in Hong Kong. Harrington would like lightning to strike twice and win again. He is adamant that the gap - six shots - is not a big deal. He believes the discipline he learned while learning to crunch numbers, and the silken skills that have turned him into one of the top names in the world of golf, should be enough to mount a serious assault on the Hong Kong Open this weekend.