Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington relieved to be on Ryder ticket


Padraig Harrington

Irish golfer Padraig Harrington believes his age and his Ryder Cup experience were behind captain Colin Montgomerie's decision to pick him as one of his three wild card selections.

Although Dubliner Harrington finished outside the automatic qualification places he will still be at Celtic Manor alongside Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari for the biennial clash with the United States.

Harrington, who has not won since his USPGA Championship win in 2008, could have been overlooked but instead he was selected ahead of Paul Casey and Justin Rose and he feels age was a factor in his favor this time.

'If you don't qualify for the team you don't have an automatic right to be on the team,' he told the press this week. 'It comes down to Monty's decision.'

'On my own side, maybe it was obviously experience as the team is a young team. I won't normally play the age card, but this time it obviously suits me.'

Harrington was playing when his wife gave the signal to confirm he had been chosen and the triple major admits it was hard to focus once he heard the news.

'It was never going to be easy. My own head was swimming a bit out there. It was an odd occasion, all right, in that sense,' he added.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: