Harrington closes on Ryder backroom role as making team 'a real long shot'
Pádraig Harrington has all but admitted that he will be a Ryder Cup back-room boy for Darren Clarke in September.
As he prepared to defend his Honda Classic title at PGA National in Florida this week, the 44-year old conceded that he needs to win at least twice this year to have any chance of winning his sixth Ryder Cup cap as a player in Minnesota.
He acted as an assistant to Paul McGinley at Gleneagles two years ago, and has already chatted with 2016 skipper Clarke about filling a backroom role at Hazeltine.
"It's like the Olympics," Harrington said of his chances of making Clarke's team as a player. "If I starting winning and playing well, both the Ryder Cup and the Olympics are on the radar.
"As much I would like to play in both, they're long shots, real long shots. So I wouldn't be putting any money on making the team.
"And if I'm not in the team then I would love to be there as part of Darren's backroom team. Yes, I have spoken to him and yes, we have discussed it."
With Paul Lawrie, José María Olazábal, Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter also believed to be on Clarke's vice-captaincy short list, Harrington feels he would be called upon to fill gaps that Clarke can't fill himself.
"I am a different personality and will probably bring a slightly different aspect to it," he said.
"I am different in that Darren is emotional and if I am there, I will bring more managerial stuff. He is definitely a frontman."