US Open: Padraig Harrington heads field for International qualifying tournament

Last Updated: 25/05/14 12:36pm

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Padraig Harrington: Heading for Walton Heath on Monday

Padraig Harrington: Heading for Walton Heath on Monday

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Padraig Harrington will be part of a strong field in the US Open International qualifying tournament at Walton Heath on Monday.

The Irishman has played in every US Open since 2000, but his exemption from winning the 2008 US PGA Championship has now expired and a lack of form has seen him drop to 209th in the world.

Harrington, who won The Open in 2007 and 2008, played two rounds at the Surrey venue before the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and was planning to go back for another look on Sunday after completing the event at four-over.

There are more than 100 players lined up for the 36-hole event played on the Old and New courses with between nine and 12 places available for next month's tournament at Pinehurst.

Former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, along with ex-Ryder Cup players David Howell, Ross Fisher and Edoardo Molinari, and defending Wentworth champion Matteo Manassero are also due to try and qualify.

But American Peter Uihlein will not be in the field as he was forced to withdraw with the back injury that caused him to pull out of the PGA after three holes on Thursday.

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