Every Ryder Cup snub is different, it seems.
Left off the U.S. team, Hunter Mahan vowed not to watch next week’s matches on TV.
Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, told the Irish Daily Star that he’s planning to host a “golf-fest” at home.
“I will be watching every shot hit on TV,” Harrington said, according to the newspaper. “I’ll have myself a golf-fest. I’ll really get into it.”
The Irishman had made six consecutive Ryder Cup appearances, dating to 1999, but didn’t do enough in 2012 – despite posting a pair of top-10 finishes in the majors – to make the team on points or warrant a captain’s pick from Jose Maria Olazabal.
“I was very comfortable with the process,” he said, according to the report. “I am a great believer that you have to play yourself onto the team automatically, and I didn’t do it on merit. There are a lot of very good players out there, and the slots dwindle very quickly.”
Pressed for a prediction for this year’s matches, Harrington offered, “The Americans have a slight advantage because they are at home, but the teams are evenly matched. It will come down to whichever one turns up the best. It is that tight.”