By Brian Keogh
Photo by Brian Keogh Pádraig Harrington shows off the Wanamaker Trophy
Pádraig Harrington last night joined Francesco Molinari in confirming he won’t be making the long trek to San Francisco next week to compete in the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
The major winning duo have been replaced in the field by Talor Gooch and Troy Merritt.
In a statement, Harrington said:
“After much deliberation, I have decided not to travel to next week’s PGA Championship. As Covid-19 currently looks to be under control in Ireland, I am taking the prudent approach by following the guidelines and reducing the risk as much as possible by staying at home. I’m sure I’ll be watching every shot on TV with great interest and hopefully I’ll have many more years to play in the PGA Championship.”
The global COVID-19 pandemic has already forced Shugo Imahira, Eddie Pepperell, Thomas Pieters, Y.E. Yang and Lee Westwood to pull out.
Three-time major winner Harrington, who qualified for the event as the 2008 PGA champion, has withdrawn from just one other major, missing the 2005 Open Championship at St Andrews following the passing of his father Paddy.
The 48-year old Dubliner has not played since he missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational five months ago.
World No 33 Molinari, whose most recent event yielded a tied for 53rd in the WGC - Mexico Championship in February, announced in July that he was moving to California and hoped to return for the PGA Championship.
102nd PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Harding Park Golf Course/August 6 - 9, 2020
An, Byeong Hun – REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Ancer, Abraham - MEXICO
Auterson, Mike - Milford, Ohio (cp)
Balin, Danny - White Plains, N.Y. (cp)
Beach, Alex - Stillwater, Minn. (cp)
Beem, Rich - Austin, Texas
Berberian, Jr., Rich - Hooksett, N.H. (cp)
Berger, Daniel - Jupiter, Fla.
Bertsch, Justin - Naples, Fla. (cp)
Bezuidenhout, Christiaan - SOUTH AFRICA
Bradley, Keegan – Woodstock, Vt.
Cabrera Bello, Rafa - SPAIN
Campillo, Jorge - SPAIN
Cantlay, Patrick – Jupiter, Fla.
Caron, Jason - Greenlawn, N.Y. (cp)
Casey, Paul - ENGLAND
Champ, Cameron – Sacramento, Calif.
Conners, Corey - CANADA
Cook, Benny - Caledonia, Mich. (cp)
Dahmen, Joel – Clarkston, Wash.
Daly, John – Dardanelle, Ark.
Day, Jason - AUSTRALIA
DeChambeau, Bryson – Clovis, Calif.
Dufner, Jason – Auburn, Ala.
Duncan, Tyler - Columbus, Ind.
English, Harris – Sea Island, Ga.
Finau, Tony - Salt Lake City, Utah
Fitzpatrick, Matt – ENGLAND
Fleetwood, Tommy – ENGLAND
Fowler, Rickie – Murrieta, Calif.
Frittelli, Dylan – SOUTH AFRICA
Furyk, Jim - Jacksonville, Fla.
Garcia, Sergio - SPAIN
Gibb, Judd - Fort Dodge, Iowa (cp)
Glover, Lucas - Jupiter, Fla.
Gooch, Talor – Edmond, Okla.
Grace, Branden - SOUTH AFRICA
Griffin, Lanto - Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Hadwin, Adam – CANADA
Harman, Brian – Sea Island, Ga.
Hart, Jeff - Solana Beach, Calif. (cp)
Hatton, Tyrrell – ENGLAND
Hebert, Benjamin - FRANCE
Herbert, Lucas - AUSTRALIA
Herman, Jim – Palm City, Fla.
Hoge, Tom – Fargo, N.D.
Holmes, J.B. - Campbellsville, Ky.
Homa, Max - Valencia, Calif.
Horschel, Billy – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Hovland, Viktor – NORWAY
Howell III, Charles - Orlando, Fla.
Hubbard, Mark – Denver, Colo.
Hughes, Mackenzie - CANADA
Im, Sungjae - REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Ishikawa, Ryo - JAPAN
Janewattananond, Jazz – THAILAND
Jertson, Marty - Phoenix, Ariz. (cp)
Johnson, Dustin – Jupiter, Fla.
Johnson, Zach - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Johnson, Zach. J. - Farmington, Utah (cp)
Jones, Matt - AUSTRALIA
Kang, Sung – REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Kaymer, Martin - GERMANY
Kim, Chan - Gilbert, Ariz.
Kim, Joohyung - REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Kim, Si Woo - REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Kinhult, Marcus – SWEDEN
Kisner, Kevin – Aiken. S.C.
Kitayama, Kurt - Chico, Calif.
Knoll, Alex - Jim Thorpe, Pa. (cp)
Koepka, Brooks – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kokrak, Jason - Hudson, Ohio
Kuchar, Matt - Sea Island, Ga.
Labritz, Rob - Pound Ridge, N.Y. (cp)
Landry, Andrew – Dripping Springs, Texas
Lashley, Nate - Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lee, Danny – NEW ZEALAND
Leishman, Marc - AUSTRALIA
Lewis, Tom – ENGLAND
Li, Haotong - CHINA
List, Luke – Augusta, Ga.
Long, Adam – St. Louis, Mo.
Lorenzo-Vera, Mike – FRANCE
Love III, Davis - St. Simons Island, Ga.
Lowry, Shane – IRELAND
Luiten, Joost - The NETHERLANDS
MacIntyre, Robert – SCOTLAND
Matsuyama, Hideki - JAPAN
McDowell, Graeme - N. IRELAND
McIlroy, Rory – N. IRELAND
Merritt, Troy – Meridian, Idaho
Micheel, Shaun – Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Mitchell, Keith - St. Simons Island, Ga.
Morikawa, Collin – La Canada, Calif.
Muñoz, Sebastián - COLOMBIA
Muttitt, David - Albuquerque, N.M (cp)
Na, Kevin - Las Vegas, Nev.
Niemann, Joaquin - CHILE
Norris, Shaun - SOUTH AFRICA
O’Leary, John - Sterling, Va. (cp)
Oosthuizen, Louis – SOUTH AFRICA
Ortiz, Carlos - MEXICO
Palmer, Ryan – Colleyville, Texas
Pan, C.T. - TAIWAN
Perez, Victor - FRANCE
Perry, Rod - Port Orange, Fla. (cp)
Piercy, Scott – Las Vegas, Nev.
Poston, J.T. - Sea Island, Ga.
Poulter, Ian – ENGLAND
Putnam, Andrew - Phoenix, Ariz.
Rahm, Jon – SPAIN 102nd
Reavie, Chez - Scottsdale, Ariz.
Redman, Doc – Raleigh, N.C.
Reed, Patrick - The Woodlands, Texas
Rose, Justin - ENGLAND
Roth, J.R. - Boyne Highlands, Mich. (cp)
Sabbatini, Rory – SOUTH AFRICA
Schauffele, Xander – San Diego, Calif.
Scheffler, Scottie - Dallas, Texas
Schwab, Matthias – AUSTRIA
Schwartzel, Charl – SOUTH AFRICA
Scott, Adam – AUSTRALIA
Simpson, Webb - Charlotte, N.C.
Singh, Vijay - FIJI
Smith, Cameron – AUSTRALIA
Snedeker, Brandt – Nashville, Tenn.
Sowards, Bob - Dublin, Ohio (cp)
Spieth, Jordan - Dallas, Texas
Steele, Brendan – Idyllwild, Calif.
Stenson, Henrik – SWEDEN
Straka, Sepp - AUSTRIA
Streelman, Kevin – Wheaton, Ill
Stricker, Steve – Madison, Wis.
Tanigawa, Ken – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Taylor, Nick – CANADA
Taylor, Vaughn – Augusta, Ga.
Thomas, Justin – Louisville, Ky.
Thompson, Michael – Sea Island, Ga.
Todd, Brendon – Athens, Ga.
Tringale, Cameron – Mission Viejo, Calif.
van Rooyen, Erik – SOUTH AFRICA
Varner III, Harold – Gastonia, N.C.
Vermeer, Ryan - Omaha, Neb. (cp)
Walker, Jimmy - Boerne, Texas
Wallace, Matt – ENGLAND
Waring, Paul - ENGLAND
Warren, Shawn - Portland, Maine (cp)
Watson, Bubba – Bagdad, Fla.
Wiesberger, Bernd – AUSTRIA
Willett, Danny – ENGLAND
Winner, WGC-FedEx St. Jude
Wolff, Matthew - Agoura Hills, Calif.
Woodland, Gary – Topeka, Kan.
Woods, Tiger - Jupiter, Fla.
(cp) designates PGA of America Club Professional
1. Henley, Russell – Columbus, Ga. (#87)
2. Clark, Wyndham – Denver, Col. (#89)
3. Stuard, Brian – Jackson, Miss. (#91)
4. Cauley, Bud – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (#92)
5. Moore, Ryan – Las Vegas, Nev. (#93)
6. McCarthy, Denny – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (#95)
7.Grillo, Emiliano – ARGENTINA (#96)
8.Zhang, Xinjun – CHINA (#97)