Padraig Harrington insists that this week’s US PGA is his last throw of the dice if he is to qualify for the $10 million FedEx Cup play-offs.
Like Tiger Woods, the Dubliner goes into this week ranked outside the top 125 who qualify for The Barclays in New Jersey at the end of the month.
But if he fails to earn enough points this week to make it - he has to make the cut at the very least to have any chance of catching 125th ranked Camilo Villegas - he insists won’t to add next week’s final counting Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina to his schedule.
Ranked 130th and planning to play on the European Tour if he fails to make it to The Barclays, Harrington said: “I’m not playing the Wyndham Championship. I am on holiday next week.
“If I don’t qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs, I’ll play in Europe because I like playing golf,” Harrington said before heading to Atlanta for his 15th event of the PGA Tour season, fulfilling his obligations to the US Tour.
Woods is in a similar position at 129th in the FedEx Cup rankings and also insists he won’t play in Greensboro next week.
That could be good news for the organisers of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, the Omega European Masters in Switzerland or the Vivendi Trophy, which clash with the first three FedEx Cup events.
Harrington has not qualified for “the Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros” which sees Great Britain and Ireland take on Continental Europe near Paris which clashes with the FedEx Cup finale, the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Of course, he could be named GB& I captain by Ryder Cup skipper Jose Maria Olazabal.
Asked during the Irish Open if he’d like that job, he said: “I’d be honoured.”