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Harrington sets sights on Match Play entry

Ryder Cup winner Padraig Harrington can round off a memorable fortnight even if he fails to win The Heritage title this week at Woburn.

The Irishman, who won four points out of five in Europe's Ryder Cup triumph over the U.S. on Sunday in Michigan, would qualify for the World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth (October 14-17) if he finishes eighth or better.

At the moment he trails his European team mate Thomas Levet but the Frenchman has decided against playing this week after the Ryder Cup drama, blaming fatigue.

Harrington has already enjoyed probably the best week of his career, winning the German Masters in Cologne the Sunday before his Ryder Cup success.

Several players who have qualified for the Wentworth event which offers the biggest prize of golf, one million pounds ($1.79 million), had already rejected the chance to play.

U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson announced after his disappointing Ryder Cup that he had pulled out, as had Tiger Woods, and Sergio Garcia is playing the Mallorca Classic which is on the same week instead.

European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer could also qualify because of his record in golf's four majors, one of three entry criteria, if more players pull out.

The 16 qualifiers for Wentworth are headed by defending champion Ernie Els of South Africa.

Current qualifiers of those players who have not declined entry are: Els, U.S Open winner Retief Goosen, world number one and U.S. PGA champion Vijay Singh, British Open title-holder Todd Hamilton, Chris DiMarco, Choi Kyoung-Ju, Justin Leonard, Mike Weir, Jeff Maggert, Davis Love III, Lee Westwood, Chris Riley, Scott Drummond, Angel Cabrera, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Levet.

This year the World Matchplay Championship counts for the European money-list for the first time.

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