Harrington needs Montys help


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Padraig Harrington made double bogey at the final hole of the suspended second round of the PGA Championship Saturday morning and missed the cut by a shot.

Harrington is not among the nine players inside the qualifying standard to make the European Ryder Cup team, but he said he will not change his schedule to play European Tour events in a bid to gain a spot off the European points list. He says he’s sticking to his plan to play The Barclays and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs rather than travel to Scotland in two weeks to play the Johnny Walker Championships, the final European Tour qualifying event for the Ryder Cup. Harrington said he doesn’t want to burn himself out chasing a spot overseas.

Harrington is now resigned to the fact that he won’t make the team on points and will need Colin Montgomerie to make him one of Montgomerie's three captain’s picks.

“It’s down to the captain’s opinion,” Harrington said. “He has plenty of choices and two of us are going to be disappointed.

“I am going to stay with my schedule. I want to be competitive when October comes around. That would be my thinking. I set up my schedule to peak for the four majors and the Ryder Cup. I’m going to stick with that.”

Montgomerie will make his picks on Aug. 29.

Harrington, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia are the prominent names who have not yet qualified for the team and might need the captain to pick them. Garcia, however, appeared out of the running even before he missed the cut Saturday.