Major Golf Champion Padraig Harrington set to play in 2014 U.S. Open qualifier
Three-times major golf champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland will enter the U.S. Open Golf Championship qualifying for the first time in 15 years on Monday at Walton Heath Golf Club, England.
After missing out on qualifying for the 2014 US Masters for the first time in 14 seasons, the Irish golfer runs the risk of not competing in a U.S. Open for the first time since the 1999 season.
Harrington is now ranked 209th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), and shall be among 121 golfers pegging it up in the 36-hole qualifier, with the leading twelve players earning the right to contest the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 course from 12 June 204.
Harrington, who won the The Open in 2007 and 2008 and the USPGA Championship in 2008, played on the Old and New Courses at Walton Heath Golf Club for the first time this week.
Also at Walton Heath Golf Club will be two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, who has had to qualify in six of the past eight years, and qualified only three times. The US Open Qualifying golf field shall also include former Ryder Cup players Thomas Levet of France, Denmark’s Soren Hansen, Swede Robert Karlsson and Edoardo Molinari from Italy.