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Harrington: No grudges after Ryder Cup snub

ESPN staff
August 28, 2012
Padraig Harrington missed out on a place on the European team for next month's Ryder Cup © PA Photos

Padraig Harrington insists he holds no grudges towards Jose Maria Olazabal after failing to make next month's Ryder Cup team.

The three-time major winner had been quick to play down talks of a rift between him and the Europe captain and was confident a row at the 2003 Seve Trophy would not influence Olazabal's wildcard choices.

The Spaniard named the in-form Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter as his two captain's picks on Monday, and Harrington insists he only had himself to blame after missing out on a seventh Ryder Cup.

"Even the dogs in the street knew I wasn't getting a pick, so it wasn't a tough phone call for me to take in any way whatsoever," Harrington said. "If you don't make it into the team automatically, you can't have any regrets. You can't second-guess not getting a pick if you don't make it on merit.

"It was a polite phone call from Jose. What he had to say wasn't news to me and I was quite comfortable with his two picks. It's not like he's picked somebody out of the blue. Ian and Nicolas were very obvious selections, so there are no questions or issues or anything like that."

Harrington has now set his sights on playing under an Irish captain in the 2014 edition at Gleneagles.

"I'd be rooting for Paul [McGinley] and thinking that Darren [Clarke] will get it after that. But will they give it to two Irish guys in a row? They will definitely give it to Darren at some stage."

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