Ireland’s Padraig Harrington has missed out on a place at this year’s Ryder Cup with Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s wildcard picks named today as Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts.
The Spaniard had said the 40-year old needed a win at the final tournament, the Barclays Tournament, but the Dubliner finished eight shots behind winner Nick Watney in New York.
Olazabal denied that Harrington’s pick was jeopardised by a controversial spat between both players at the 2003 Seve Trophy.
The two-time Open champion questioned Olazabal’s decision to repair pitch marks on a green, but the Spaniard denied that it was a lingering thought when it came to picking his wildcards.
“If people believe that is interfering with my judgment then first of all they are completely wrong,” said 46-year-old Olazabal. “If that was the case I’d be failing as a captain.
“There is not a single bit of truth in that. I am looking at players, what they have done and I want to get the best players for that team, whoever they might be.”
The players who made the team by right were Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer.