Sergio wouldn't necessarily pick rival Harrington for Ryder Cup team
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Sergio wouldn’t necessarily pick rival Harrington for Ryder Cup team


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With his Ryder Cup spot secure, Sergio Garcia was asked about the captain's picks fellow countryman Jose Maria Olazabal will make this week to round out his Medinah-bound team.

Among those names in the conversation for the two picks is Padraig Harrington, who has experienced a minor renaissance this season. With the first pick likely going to Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer struggling and Nicolas Colsaerts poised to capture a spot on points, Harrington seems a logical choice.

Garcia is not convinced.



“I don’t think he’s a sure pick personally," Garcia said Wednesday at The Barclays. "He wouldn’t be a sure pick for me!”


The erstwhile El Nino is a tad biased, however. Garcia lost two majors to Harrington in consecutive seasons, falling to the Irishman in a playoff for the '07 Open Championship and losing to Harrington's putt on the 72nd hole of the '08 PGA Championship in Detroit. The disdain seems mutual.

As for how that might impact Olazabal's decision making, who had a competitive run-in of his own with Harrington, it is unclear.

“I am sure José is going to pick whoever he thinks is best for the team," Garcia said. "I don’t know if that includes Harrington or not. So we’ll see."

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