Padraig Harrington is still willing and looking forward to landing a place on the European Ryder Cup team, despite stiff competition for the position.

The Irish golfer told the London Evening Standard that he would be devastated if he didn’t land a place on the team, which is a possibility because of recent continued poor performance.

He admitted that he was in a “very perilous” position at 17th place in the world rankings.

Harrington admitted that even if he were to win this week’s Irish Open at Killarney he wouldn’t necessarily be guaranteed a place on the team.

And although vice-captain Darren Clarke has said that he couldn’t envisage Harrington not playing on the tour, he added that he couldn’t guarantee him a spot.

Harrington's last victory was the US PGA two years ago, but he pointed out that in the past 12 months he has had no fewer than 14 top 10 finishes.

"I was asked the other day if I got selected would I actually pull out," he said. "The inference was 'would you pull out because you're not playing well?'.

"I've had more top 10s in the last year than I've ever had in my career, so going on a guideline that most people use I've actually had the best year of my career.

"I haven't won and that's certainly below my expectations and everybody else's expectations, but my form has actually been solid enough.

"I just have to wait and let it happen. I do try to be very disciplined in doing my own thing and not being influenced by outside factors - but clearly that one got to me.

The 2010 Ryder Cup takes place in Wales from the 1st to 3rd of October.