Padraig Harrington jets in to Mallorca
Padraig Harrington was flying back to Mallorca on Wednesday night after taking the pro-am day off at the Mallorca Classic to fulfil a corporate day commitment at Wentworth, England.
The Irishman decided to enter the Mallorca event, which starts at the Pula course on Thursday, to boost his order of merit chances after winning the Dunhill Links Championship 10 days ago at St Andrews.
With just the big-money Volvo Masters to come next week at Valderrama after this week's tournament Harrington wants to try to steal a march on money-list leader Paul Casey of Britain, who he trails by 218,185 euros in second place.
Casey is not playing at Pula where there is a 291,660 euro first prize.
Having entered the Mallorca Classic late, Harrington decided he should still fulfil his corporate commitment on Wednesday after practising at the course on Monday and Tuesday and then flying to England.
Classic tournament director Miguel Vidaor told Reuters: "There was no problem in excusing Padraig playing in the pro-am. He entered the tournament late and that left him with this corporate day outstanding.
Harrington was returning by private jet to ensure he has no hitches getting back in time for an 0850 (0650 GMT) tee-off.
He is due to play alongside two of his Ryder Cup team mates, the title-holder Jose Maria Olazabal and Swede Robert Karlsson, who is also still in the race for the order of merit this year.
Former winner Sergio Garcia is one of five Ryder Cup team members playing in the event.
October 19, 2006