Monday 26 September 2016

'Injured golfer' Harrington in race to make PGA start

Published 21/05/2015 | 02:30

Padraig Harrington opted out of the Pro-Am at Wentworth yesterday as his shoulder problem worsened on Tuesday night
Padraig Harrington opted out of the Pro-Am at Wentworth yesterday as his shoulder problem worsened on Tuesday night

Pádraig Harrington is determined to win his fitness battle after a shoulder injury threatened his participation in the European Tour's flagship tournament, the BMW PGA Championship, which starts at Wentworth in Surrey today.

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The 43-year-old winner of three Major titles has never missed a tournament through injury and remained optimistic after a scan and extensive treatment on his left shoulder.

Harrington opted out of the Pro-Am at Wentworth yesterday as the shoulder problem worsened on Tuesday night.

"I was doing a gym exercise, there was a little bit of a niggle but I kept on doing it," he said.

"I hit shots after the gym yesterday, and after I went to bed last night it stiffened during the night and I struggled to sleep.

"I've had an ultrasound on it just to confirm what we expected.

"Everything is very, very solid and healthy in the shoulder. No tear, no issue at all.

"Hopefully it will be okay by tomorrow, and beware of the injured golfer."

Irish fans hope Harrington recovers quickly and is fit for the Irish Open in Royal County Down, especially after US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed withdrew due to a family bereavement.

"We feel like we need to be close to home and family at this time," said Reed.

Irish Independent

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