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Harrington cancels vaca, to miss Fed Ex anyway?

Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:44 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

GREENSBORO, NC -- Padraig Harrington was scheduled to be sipping a piña colada right now, not exhausted after toiling through his fourth round at the Wyndham Championship.

That's because three-time major winner, sitting on the outside edge of the Fed Ex Cup, canceled his family's vacation to the Atlantis in the Bahamas in order to make a run at golf's postseason.

"I knew I was on the bubble," Harrington said at the start of the tournament. "My wife actually made the decision. She says, 'I think you've got to go and play.' She was the one."

Word on the street is that his son wasn't quite as happy.

And, following a 2-under Sunday showing, it's likely that Harrington regrets the decision as well, even though he's currently (as of 1:30 p.m.) projected to finish 123rd in the Fed Ex Cup standings, which would sneak him into the postseason.

However, there's a large number of golfers still on the course -- and plenty that have yet to tee off -- who also hold their postseason fate in their respective hands.

Justin Leonard, Aron Price, Daniel Summerhays, Tim Petrovic and Paul Casey are all names out there that can screw up Paddy's chances with a hot streak. Conversely, a cold streak from someone ranked above Harrington could have the same effect.

William McGirt, a Wofford grad and local player, finds himself in a similar spot. He's currently the last man on the cut line (one behind Paddy) for the postseason, and should probably be watching the rest of the golfers pretty closely.

"Right now I don't know what I'm going to do," McGirt said after his round of 70 Sunday. "I want to get some food. I'm starving. I'll probably take a peak."

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