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Padraig's new formula

Karl MacGinty

Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

Padraig Harrington believes screaming F1 cars will provide him with the perfect getaway next weekend.

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Forced to sit out the BMW PGA Championship by injury, Harrington and wife Caroline have decided to go to the Monaco Grand Prix instead.

"I definitely don't want to be at home watching another golf tournament I can't play in, so we're going to go away and try and not think about it too much," the Dubliner explained.

"I've never been to a Grand Prix before, I'm really looking forward to it," said Harrington, who'll be a guest of fellow-Dub and former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan next Sunday.

He will return from his week-long break in Monte Carlo next Tuesday and plans to play nine holes at British Open venue Royal St George's that Wednesday followed by the other nine the next day.

Harrington yesterday attended a coaching clinic for 24 local schoolchildren at Sunningdale GC, two miles from Wentworth, venue for this week's European Tour event.

"I'm gutted, really gutted. It's so hard not to be playing this week," he said. "Especially last weekend when I was thinking: 'God, maybe I made my decision too early'. Though it felt much better last Sunday, today I've a dull pain just below my right knee, so these physiotherapists clearly know their stuff," Harrington revealed.

Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer was voted European Tour Players Player of the Year for 2010. Kaymer, who counted the US PGA title among the four European Tour victories which helped him win the Race to Dubai last season, pipped US Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell.

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