Padraig Harrington has admitted that he's feeling worried about his chances of making the European Ryder Cup team for the competition to be held in Wales this October.
Harrington doesn't hold an automatic place on the team, and revealed his anxiety about making the cut in an interview with The Irish Times: “It does concern me [not making the team]," said the golfer, "There’s no doubt about it, it’s going to take a bit of a push . . . it’s a precarious position because there’s a lot of good players who are not in the team.It’s not like other years. If you want to look at who’s not automatically qualified, there is half a dozen, if not more, players who you might have picked on the team at the start of the year.”
His last competitive outing was at the JP McManus Pro-am and he's currently busy preparing for next week's British Open at St Andrews, but is said to feel in shaky form.
The golfer, who once enjoyed an enviable success record, said that he'd even consider altering his schedule to try and better his chances: “I’ll consider everything . . . (but) let’s hope I’m qualified. Let’s hope I do the job over the summer and don’t have to put myself in that position. I’m working on the principle that I’m going to get the job done before then,” he said.
In better days Harrington won the JP McManus Invitational and then went on to win three successive tournaments: the 2007 and 2008 British Opens and the 2008 US PGA.
Ireland enjoyed recent golfing success when Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell capture the US Open in Pebble Beach, California.