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Padraig Harrington left out of European Ryder Cup team

Padraig Harrington will miss the Ryder Cup for the first time in 15 years (credit: Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington will miss out on the Ryder Cup for the first time in 15 years after being overlooked for a wild-card by Europe team captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts have been named as the two wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup matches against the United States at Medinah, near Chicago, from September 28-30.

The Irishman’s cause was not helped by Colsaerts' failure to finish in the top two of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and therefore guarantee himself an automatic spot.

The feeling was that Harrington had a better chance of being preferred to out-of-form Martin Kaymer, who would have dropped out, than Colsaerts.

Two years ago, the three-time Major champion found out he had been given a wild-card pick by then captain Colin Montgomerie while playing his final round of The Barclays.

However, this time he went into that tournament knowing even victory may not be enough after Olazabal had given a gloomy pronouncement of his prospects.

Much has been made of Harrington's relationship with Olazabal, which was soured by a spat at the 2003 Seve Trophy, but he did not think that had played any part in the selection.

Harrington said: “The one thing I don't think anyone could accuse Jose of is not being competitive.

“He will want to have the best team there. It means more to Jose to win than anything else so I can't see it having any effect whatsoever.

“I've a better relationship than you think with him, but even if I had no relationship with him I think he'd still want to pick the 12 best guys.”

Europe are a best-priced 6/4 with BetVictor to win the Ryder Cup matches, with the United States 5/6 at Sky Bet to regain the trophy and the tie 11/1.
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Padraig Harrington left out of European Ryder Cup team

Padraig Harrington will miss out on the Ryder Cup for the first time in 15 years after being overlooked for a wild-card by Europe team captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

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