Players expect Harrington to be overlooked for Ryder Cup pick -- Lawrie
IT may shock the Irish public but those competing regularly on the European Tour seem to be coming around to the idea that Padraig Harrington could very well be overlooked for this year's Ryder Cup.
That's the view of Dublin-born colleague Peter Lawrie, who has known Harrington since the pair were amateurs.
Lawrie birdied his last hole in a round of level-par 72 that left him lying six strokes behind 2008 Irish Open winner, Richard Finch of England, on day one of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles yesterday.
It will be remembered that Finch captured headlines around the globe after he fell into the River Maigue when playing his shot to the final green at Adare Manor.
Five players are at five under par, while Paul McGinley is well-placed at four under par to lead the Irish challenge.
Lawrie arrived in Scotland buoyed by his share of second in last week's Czech Open, when he came from eight strokes back at the start of the final day to force his way into a play-off with England's Gary Boyd and eventual champion Peter Hanson of Sweden.
However after a first round that included three birdies, the 36-year-old Dubliner was asked his views on Harrington's chances of earning one of Monty's three wildcard picks.
"If it was me, I would pick Padraig but then there are an awful lot of rumours going around that he is not going to be picked," said Lawrie.
"If so, then the general public in Ireland will be shocked but the guys who are out here competing, and hearing what I am hearing, won't be shocked."