Harrington loses PGA Tour card: "I just can't get out of my own way. Such is life!"
Three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington faces an uncertain future in the US after he missed the cut by six shots in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro and lost his PGA Tour card for 2015. But could a Ryder Cup vice-captaincy — a stepping stone to the captaincy itself — prove to be a silver lining to his cloud after his 11th missed cut from 22 starts this year?
Harrington suffers another black day on the greens
"Sweating" Harrington squeaks into FedEx play-offs
“Why do I do it to myself?”
That was the self-effacing reaction of Padraig Harrington after a wobbly finish left him sweating to see if he’d done enough to make the top 125 who tee it up in the first event of the FedEx Cup play-offs this week. The good news is that he had. Just.
Harrington needs low finish in Greensboro
Padraig Harrington can cure his FedEx Cup play-off headache by shooting a round in the mid 60s in the final round of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.
A third round 69 left the Irish star tied for 62nd place in the tournament on four under par and if he remains there on Sunday night, he will fail for the first time since the FedEx Cup was established six years ago to make the top 125 points earners who will contest play-offs (see Projected Points).
Desperate Harrington keeps FedEx Cup hopes on life support
Desperate times require desperate measures but even by Padraig Harrington’s standards this was extreme. Asked to play his last four holes in two under par to make the cut by the skin of his teeth, he pulled it off with a grin on his face.
Having been told (or ordered) by his wife that he was to cancel the week-long family holiday he’d booked in the Bahamas and to get his ass to North Carolina to try and qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs - a bizarre set of circumstances for a man who’s in freefall in the world rankings to begin with - he began his preparations by ditching the putter that brought him three major titles in the space of 13 months.
So what if he’d had the putter in his bag for the best part of a decade. This was serious. Out went the trusty Odyssey two-ball and in went a branding iron style implement by TaylorMade known as the Ghost Spider, complete with a white, oversized, Super Stroke grip.
Harrington under pressure in Greensboro
Padraig Harrington cancelled a family holiday to tee it up in the Wyndham Championship in a last gasp bid to qualify for the first event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.
But while he hit more fairways than he has in along time and broke par in an opening round for the first time since July’s Barclays Scottish Open, his putter faltered when he needed it most and he could only manage a one under 69 that saw him slip three places to a projected 133rd in the FedEx Cup standings.
Courageous Harrington grabs a lifeline with wondershot
One shot can make all the difference in golf and in Padraig Harrington’s case it was a towering cut with a hybrid that finished just 12 feet from the hole at the 236-yard 15th in the second round of the US PGA.
So significant was the sensational birdie two that the Dubliner made at the second hardest hole at Atlanta Athletic Club that he has now decided to cancel a planned family holiday and contest next week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.