Padraig Harrington not giving up hope on qualifying for U.S. Open

Padraig Harrington is optimistic that he will qualify for the U.S. Open through the world rankings.

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Despite missing out in Monday’s qualifying event at Walton Heath, Padraig Harrington is confident that he will still earn a spot in next month’s U.S. Open.

Harrington bogeyed the final hole, causing him to miss out on the playoff for the remaining four places at Chamber’s Bay by only one shot

While Harrington was disappointed in the final result at Walton Heath, he’s optimistic that he will qualify through the world rankings.

"Having missed out yesterday it was very disappointing, but it will be a lot more disappointing in three weeks’ time when I’m sitting on the couch watching it on TV and realizing how close it was and really having done all the hard work." Harrington said via the Irish Independent.

"I believe that the top 60 after the St Jude Classic (in Memphis) still get into the US Open," said Harrington, who is currently ranked 86th. "So I have this week’s Irish Open and the St Jude Classic. I have to win 25 world ranking points in that time, something like that. I certainly think a win here or at St Jude will push me across the line, or some sort of combination (of results)."

Harrington, who has been battling a shoulder problem, said the injury won’t prevent him from playing in the Irish Open at Royal County Down.

"It’s certainly improved enough that I don’t feel like there’s any doubt about me playing on Thursday," Harrington told the Irish Independent. "It’s not quite 100 per cent at the moment but I was pleased yesterday that as much as a hindrance it was early on, as I got into it more and more it was less of a problem."

(h/t Irish Independent)