Harrington eyeing Europe again, now that he's eliminated from FedExCup

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Padraig Harrington wants to play in at least one more tournament somewhere before the Ryder Cup.
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Published: Monday, September 06, 2010 | 6:50 p.m.

After missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday and falling out of the FedExCup playoff on Monday, Padraig Harrington is switching his focus back to Europe.

The Irishman wants to play in at least one more tournament before this year's Ryder Cup, which tees off Oct. 1 at Celtic Manor in Wales. And with the PGA Tour’s final two playoff events now out of bounds to him, he is looking to find that competition in Europe, even though he isn’t quite sure where.

"I'll definitely play before now and the Ryder Cup," he said. "What are the three (European tournaments)? I don't even know, I'll have to have a look.

"As much as I'd like a break, and a break wouldn't do me any harm, I still want to be competitive going into the Ryder Cup,” he added. “You can't get the sort of competition you want unless you're on a golf course in tournament play."

The three European Tour events he'll be looking at are this wek’s Dutch Open, next week’s Austrian Open and the Vivendi Cup in Paris.

The three-time major winner only made it onto the European Ryder Cup team this year courtesy of Captain Colin Montgomerie, who excluded the in-form Justin Rose and Paul Casey to include him with fast-rising Italian star Edoardo Molinari and England's Luke Donald when he named his three wild card picks last Sunday.

Harrington has a very poor record in his last two Ryder Cups and has not won a tournament since 2008 -- and knows he needs to find a lot more form before he puts himself on the line against the USA at Celt Manor next month.

"The game's fine and solid," said Harrington. "I'm just not letting it happen."