European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal said Monday that triple major-winner Padraig Harrington missed a wild card to the European Ryder Cup team after failing even to ''perform to his own standards'' this year.
Harrington's non-selection ends a run of six straight Ryder Cup appearances, with Olazabal choosing England's Ian Poulter and Belgium-born rookie, Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wildcard picks.
It will be the first time since Harrington made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999 at Brookline that he won't be a member of the European team, despite the Irishman this year finishing eighth in the Masters, fourth in the US Open and seventh in the Irish Open.
''The fact is Padraig didn't even perform to his own standards,'' said Olazabal.
The Spaniard said he phoned seven Europeans who failed to automatically qualify, including Harrington, who was eventually placed 19th.
Olazabol, who will lead Europe into competition later next month in Chicago, said phoning Harrington was the most di...