Damien McGrane and Padraig Harrington join Shane Lowry in Turkey this week. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.iePadraig Harrington and Damien McGrane tee it up in this week’s $7m Turkish Airlines Open needing huge weeks to secure their place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Harrington, who fell another two places to 111th in the world this week, goes to Belek knowing he must finish solo 12th at worst and probably needs a Top 10 finish to earn the more than €83,000 he will need to make the Top 60 in the Race to Dubai who contest the European Tour’s season-ending event.
McGrane, who was the last man to get into the 780man event late on Monday, travels to Belek today needing a Top-5 finish to earn the more than €192,000 he requires to overtake 60th ranked Danny Willett in the Race to Dubai standings.
Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are already assured of their places in Dubai but world No 72 Shane Lowry will be in Turkey hoping to improve on his 33rd position and earn a stack of Ryder Cup and  world ranking points.
Harrington can leap back into the world’s Top 50 with a win but the man they all have to beat is world No 1 Tiger Woods, who is reportedly being paid a $3m appearance fee to tee it up.