Padraig Harrington

Irish golf superstar Padraig Harrington is one of four European players who did not qualify automatically for the Ryder Cup team this year and now his only hope is that team captain Colin Montgomery chooses him in the wild card stages.

Montgomery is due to name his European Team his week who will face the U.S. in October.

Harrington, a three-time major winner, will then know his fate.

Harrington would have automatically qualified for a position on the team if he finished in a top five position at Gleneagles but Harrington opted to play in the U.S. instead.

Other contenders for the Ryder Cup wild card are Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Justin Rose.

Casey and Donald are higher rated in the World Rankings and have excellent Match Play records.

All four players are competing in the Barclays Open in New Jersey.

Irish bookmakers are looking to make a quick buck from Montgomery's wild card pick.

Harrington is offered at odds of 5/1 with Victor Chandler to be top European player, which may be enough to clinch his Ryder Cup place.