Padraig Harrington says he was “not biased” in his Ryder Cup selection of Shane Lowry.
Shane Lowry has been named for the Europe 2021 Ryder Cup team by Padraig Harrington. The team captain stated that his friendship with his colleague had no bearing on the choice to select him.
Padraig Harrington, the European Ryder Cup captain, claims that his friendship with Shane Lowry had no bearing on his choice to put his countryman in the team. If anything, Harrington claimed that their good friendship made it more difficult for him to choose a friend.
One of Harrington’s three wild cards for the 43rd Ryder Cup was handed to Lowry, with the other two going to Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter.
“Everyone says, ‘You’re going to pick Shane, you’re going to pick Shane,’ and that pushed it away from me. Regarding his decision, Harrington, 50, stated, “I’m bad like that.”
“It actually made Shane’s chances of making the team more difficult. I had to double-check with the vice-captains on a regular basis. I’m not trying to be a snob here. This is correct. Because Shane is a friend of mine, don’t allow me get distracted.”
“I was happy to be able to give him the nod with the support of the vice-captains,” he continued.
“There are some drawbacks to this position, such as having to tell the guys who didn’t receive the picks, but having to tell Shane that he got the pick was a big delight for me because he’s a buddy of mine, and I knew it was the proper thing to do because I wasn’t being unknowingly biased.”
Lowry, 34, will play alongside Bernd Wiesberger and Viktor Hovland in his maiden Ryder Cup.
In 2021, the Irishman’s best finish was a tie for fourth at the US PGA Championship, and he also finished in the top 10 at the Players Championship, RBC Heritage, and Memorial Tournament.
“(I’m) delighted with the way he handled the pressure throughout this year,” Harrington said of Lowry. His consistency and form have been outstanding. During the second half of the season, he put in a lot of effort.
“I think he’ll do an excellent job. He exudes immense zeal. He’s a wonderful fit for the team, and it’s great to have a few youngsters on board.”
Lowry, who heard the good news in the players’ lounge at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth alongside his father, is convinced he can repay his captain’s faith. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”