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Mickelson boost for Harrington

Padraig Harrington will need to climb to 65th in the world rather than 64th to earn a place in next month's Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

Phil Mickelson has said he will miss the event - the first World Golf Championship of the season - to take a family holiday, freeing up an extra space on the entry list.

Harrington's 10th-placed finish at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa has lifted him only one spot from 89th to 88th in the new rankings.

The Dubliner is part of the star-studded field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the tournament where he started with a 65 last year but then was disqualified over a ball-moving incident picked up by an eagle-eyed television viewer.

The sport's ruling bodies saw the unfairness of the disqualification and if the same was to happen this week it would be only a two-stroke penalty.

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