Padraig Harrington keeps spot for Miami despite early Tucson exit

Last Updated: 25/02/13 12:35pm

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Padraig Harrington: Safe for Miami

Padraig Harrington: Safe for Miami

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Padraig Harrington's first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play Championship has not cost him a place in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.

Harrington was knocked out by Graeme McDowell but other results in Tucson meant the Dubliner remains in the world's top 50 - by 0.019 ranking points.

Swede Alex Noren and South African Tim Clark earned places at Doral by climbing to 48th and 49th respectively at the expense of Dane Thomas Bjorn and American David Toms.

Harrington's fellow Irishman Shane Lowry missed out - his victories over world number one Rory McIlroy and Carl Pettersson were not enough.

Lowry needed to make the semi-finals, but was knocked out in the third round by McDowell.

He will have to turn his thoughts now to trying to make the top 50 by the end of March to qualify for a debut in the US Masters at Augusta on April 11-14.

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