Padraig Harrington needs great US PGA, says Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington

94th US PGA Championship

Ocean course, Kiawah Island
9-12 August
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Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal says three-time major winner Padraig Harrington will have to produce an amazing performance at this week's US PGA to retain his Ryder Cup place.

Harrington currently lies 19th in the European qualifying list.

Realistically he will probably have to win the year's last major to force his way into one of the 10 automatic qualifying spots for Olazabal's team.

"He will have to do extraordinarily well here," Olazabal said.

"We've known Padraig, he's a very methodical player. He really works hard at it.

"I've played with him a couple of times during this year. From tee to green his game has been fairly good, but I think his putting has let him down this year so far."

Republic of Ireland golfer Harrington, who won the Open in 2007 and 2008, has slipped to 63 in the world and needed a wildcard pick to be a part of the 2010 team that regained the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

The 40-year-old Dubliner finished in a share of fourth place at the US Open in June and tied for eighth at the Masters in April.

If the Spanish captain painted a bleak picture of Harrington's chances of getting to Medinah next month, he was more upbeat about the chances of fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

Garcia currently occupies the final position on the qualifying table.

"He's a great team player. His spirit is always really good and in that regard, I think he is a great asset to the team," Olazabal added.

"If you are looking at the players to be on your team, Sergio would certainly be one of those for sure."

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