"So that is a lot of B.S. That's putting it gently."
By mustang6560 on 8/24/12
Following the Johnnie Walker Championship and the Barclays, the ten automatic qualifying spots for the European Ryder Cup Team will be set and captain Jose Maria Olazabal will announce his captain's picks.

Unlike his American counterpart, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Jose only gets two captain's picks whereas DL3 gets four, which arguably adds extra drama excitement to the process. The notable European players currently on the Ryder Cup bubble include Nicolas Colsaerts, Ian Poulter, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Bjorn, and Padraig Harrington.

Even though Padraig has represented Europe six times in the Ryder Cup, the Irishman is having to try harder than the other guys to earn a spot on the team because he's the lowest player in the points standing. Two weeks ago, Jose was asked about Padraig's chances and he said Padraig would need to do something "extraordinary" in the final few weeks to be selected. Well, Jose was asked to elaborate on what exactly "extraordinary" means following Padraig's 7-under-par 64 in the first round of the Barclays.
"At least a win," he said, apparently with a smile.
The comment led some reporters to question whether or not Jose was letting his personal opinion of Padraig affect the Irishman's chances of earning a captain's pick.
"If that was the case, I would be failing as a captain," Olazabal told Sky Sports after his second round at the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Classic. "So that is a lot of B.S. That's putting it gently."
It's a little too convenient to suggest a grudge dating back to 2003 is clouding Jose's judgement in 2012. The Ryder Cup is a very prestigious biennial golf event — one that will forever be stamped on the resumes of the captains and the players. So, regardless of whether or not Jose likes Padraig as a person, I'm sure his sole focus is selecting two players who will help Team Europe repeat as victors at Medinah next month. If Padraig is one of those players, so be it. If not, it's not because the two don't get along.

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dottomm says:
If not, it's not because the two don't get along.
Yea. Right. Padraig is a 4 time major winner. Not putting him on the team, especially the way he playing this year is obviously being disrespectful. But with that said, if I was captain, I would pick the players who I enjoy. I hope Patty can pull it off this week. That would be epic.
8/24/12
 
Kurt the Knife says:
a grudge? For what?
8/24/12
 
Duke of Hazards says:
it all goes back to the Spanish Armada debacle and those swarthy shipwrecked Spaniards sullying up the Irish lasses. Clan Harrington's been seething for over 400 yrs.
8/24/12
 
dottomm says:
Well it looks like Padraig is +5 today, so much for the Ryder Cup.
8/24/12
 
mustang6560 says:
@dottomm- True dat.
8/24/12
 
joe jones says:
Seriously. Can anyone enlighten us as to the reason there is a riff between the two of them. The media is putting out a lot of supposition but not much real info. Maybe it's all a bunch of B.S. The media has a habit of starting rivalries that don,t exist.
8/24/12
 
mustang6560 says:
Joe- According to a Golf Channel article: www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/olazaba

"Back at the 2003 Seve Trophy, Harrington questioned whether Olazabal had illegally repaired spike marks. There were hard feelings after Olazabal conceded the hole and Great Britain & Ireland won the matches."
8/24/12
 
mmontisano says:
Padraig only has 3 majors, btw. 2 of which were taken from Sergio's grasps. so Sergio is not his biggest fan as well. it's not looking good for Paddy.
8/24/12
 
dottomm says:
@badcaddy. Sorry. Correct only 3 and wow! You are right about Sergio too. I always thought those Europeans all got along. Guess not. Does anyone know about any bad blood between US Players? Beside Tiger and Phil of course.
8/27/12
 
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