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Three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington will not be adding this week’s BMW PGA Championship to his 2007 schedule.

Padraig Harrington’s failure to survive the halfway cut at the Irish Open has not caused him to change his mind about missing this week’s BMW PGA Championship.
The Open and US PGA champion could have asked for a late invitation to the European Tour’s flagship event, but having had the question put to him by an Irish reporter he sent a text message reply: “No – happy with schedule.”
Harrington, who has been working on swing changes despite winning back-to-back majors last season, has not had a top-10 finish since January.
He also had 10 successive rounds of par or worse prior to a 68 on Friday that still did not qualify him for the final two rounds at County Louth.
The Dubliner admits he feels pressure to play at Wentworth because of its importance to the Tour, but he has had only one top-10 finish in 10 appearances there.
The much-criticised greens on the West Course are due to be dug up after this week’s championship and Harrington, who also stayed away in 2003, 2004 and last May, said on Wednesday: “Hopefully next year, if they do make the changes, I’ll change my schedule to make sure it fits.”
Harrington’s next tournament is The Memorial in Ohio from June 4-7, followed by the St Jude Classic in Memphis and then the US Open on New York’s Long Island.

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