Padraig: No big deal if I miss Dubai

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Padraig Harrington admits he won’t be too bothered if he fails to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship.

The European Tour’s season-finale takes place at the Jumeirah Golf Estates next weekend, but Harrington is 67th in the Race to Dubai and he probably needs a top-10 finish at this week’s Turkish Airlines Open to qualify.

The three-time major winner, though, is well off the pace at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal as he was tied for 40th after his third round.

Having also failed to qualify for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs and slipped out of the top 100 in the world rankings, the 2013 season hasn’t been the best for Harrington.

However, when asked how big a blow it would be were he to not qualify on Sunday, the Irishman replied: “Sorry to say not at all.

“It doesn’t take anything away form either of those two things you just said. I need the week and I need a break.

“I’m trying to make it and I’d love to be there, but bear in mind anybody who just scrambles in gets an early tee time the first day and it’s nearly impossible to come out of the early tee times next week.

“Every hole will play about 30 yards longer than it will in the afternoon – it’s a tough task to win from the early tee times next week.”

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