August 26 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – It was a week that started out promising. Then turned nightmarish. Then ended on a positive note.
Now it becomes a waiting game for Padraig Harrington.
European Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal will announce his two captain’s picks on Monday at 7 a.m. ET. Harrington, who has played in the last six Ryder Cups, did not automatically qualify for the European team, so he will have to rely on a pick in order to play in next month’s Ryder Cup at Medinah.
“It’s hard to talk about it at this moment,” Harrington said. “Obviously there will be a lot more clarity tomorrow.”
Harrington was the first-round leader after shooting a 7-under 64. Afterward, Olazabal, competing at this week’s European Tour event, said Harrington would need to win The Barclays to enhance his chances of being a pick.
But Harrington struggled in the middle two rounds, shooting a pair of 4-over 75s. Having shot 29 on the back nine of the Bethpage State Park Black Course on Thursday, Harrington shot 40 and 39 in the next two rounds.
On Sunday, he was a bogey-free 1 under on the back nine en route to his 68. Starting the week 62nd in FedExCup points, Harrington was projected to 49th.
“I’m very happy with where I am with my game,” Harrington said.
He also said he’s comfortable with his relationship with Olazabal, despite any past differences they may have.
“I have a better relationship than you think with him,” Harrington said. “Even if I had no relationship, he still wants to pick the 12 best guys.”