European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has said publicly that Republic Of Ireland star and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington will have to produce an amazing performance at Kiawah Island this week if he is to keep his Ryder Cup spot, unless he wins of course which will take him into the automatic qualifying positions.
The Irishman currently lies 19th in the European qualifying list.
“He will have to do extraordinarily well here,” Olazabal said.
Harrington, with two British Open titles to his name has slipped to 63 in the world and needed a wildcard pick to be a part of the winning team at Celtic Manor back in 2010.
He would certainly be one of my picks, he’s gutsy, he’s been there and done it before under pressure and has won 3 major titles, and he’s in pretty good form. There isn’t anybody else in the waiting list with those credentials. Has to be a dead cert to picked if he doesn’t qualify Jose.