Padraig Harrington will play next month’s HP Byron Nelson Classic for the first time in his career as part of his build up to the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The three-time major winner had hoped to return to action following his eighth place finish in the Masters with an outing in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in two weeks.
A clash with his son Paddy’s first communion has meant a change of plans, however, and Harrington has added a visit to the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas from May 17-20 as he is not qualified for the European Tour’s clashing Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.
The Dubliner, 40, will return to action in The Players Championship at Sawgrass from May 10-13 and then play the HP Byron Nelson Classic outside Dallas before heading back across the pond to Wentworth for the BMW PGA.
He then has a week off before returing to the US to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis before heading west to San Francisco for the following week’s US Open from June 14-17.
Harrington made his second US Open appearance when the event was held at the Olympic Club in 1998.
Having missed the cut on his debut in 1997, he made the weekend in a US Open for the first time at the storied San Francisco venue, finishing tied 32nd, 13 shots behind Lee Janzen on 293 with rounds of 73-72-76-72.