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No Pinehurst action for Padraig

May 27, 2014 09:21:17 UK

Shane Lowry has battled through qualifying and will be taking part in next month’s US Open but Padraig Harrington will not.

The 42-year-old three-time Major winner will not be involved at Pinehurst after failing to advance from a 36-hole qualifying event.

Padraig Harrington also failed to qualify for the Masters in April.

The Irishman shot rounds of 75 and 71 at Walton Heath which left him six strokes short of qualification.

“The damage was done in the morning with that 75,” said a dejected Harrington afterwards.

“I made a few mistakes in not knowing the golf course and I was never comfortable with the pace of the greens, as there were a number of three-putts thrown in there.”

However, Harrington’s in-form fellow Irishman Lowry will be involved in the second Major of the year, as will Simon Griffiths, Graeme Storm, Oliver Fisher, Tom Lewis and Chris Doak.

Double European Tour winner Lowry finished at the top of the 105-strong field, after missing out on automatic qualification when finishing second behind Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

“I just carried a lot of momentum from Wentworth to get the job done,” said Lowry, who carded rounds of 69 and 67 to finish on eight-under par.

“And while I was a little disappointed not to win the BMW PGA, at least now I’ve done it the hard way so that I can join Rory at Pinehurst.”

McIlroy is 9.00 to win the US Open outright, while Lowry can be backed at 101.00, Lee Westwood at 31.00 and Phil Mickelson at 17.00.

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