(CNN) -- A poor round of two-over par from Padriag Harrington nearly knocked the Ryder Cup wildcard pick out of the Vivendi Cup in Paris.
Harrington is languishing 11 shots off the lead in France -- held by Englishman John Parry and Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin -- as a round of 74 tarnished his opening day total of 68.
The three-time major winner's inclusion in Colin Montogomerie's Ryder Cup team came as much of a surprise as the omission of current world number seven Paul Casey.
Two bogeys and two double bogeys meant Harrington slipped 33 places down the leaderboard to tied 58th but he will be back for the weekend after the cut fell at one-under.
With less than a week to go until Europe begin their attempt to regain the Ryder Cup trophy from America at Celtic Manor in Wales, Harrington admitted his putting needed work.
Speaking before the cut was made he told reporters: "It wasn't great. I made two terrible mental errors and they do a lot of damage. I thought three birdies in the last six was good enough, but now I look at it it's very tight.
"It is what it is. I've got enough out of these two days -- I need to practice my putting no matter what and get that ready for next week.
"It would be better if I had another 36 holes to do it, but I can see that's the weakest part of my game and that's where my focus will be."
Casey is tied for the lead at the Tour Championship in Atlanta -- the climax of the FedEx Cup playoffs -- and Harrington said he hoped the Englishman won the tournament.
He added: "I genuinely hope he wins it. Fair play to him and there's not much I can do about the golf he's playing. I'm certainly not going to wish he plays bad golf.
"That's not going to make me play better. I'm looking forward to the Ryder Cup and that's all I can focus on -- not whether Paul Casey or Justin Rose should have got a pick."
Sandelin hit a six-under round of 66 to tie the lead with Parry, who carded a 67. The pair lead by three shots from a group of four players on ten-under.
First round leader Johan Edfors, from Sweden, had a poor day, following his sensational opening 61 with a two-over round of 74.