Wednesday 28 September 2016

Harrington optimistic over injury

Published 20/05/2015 | 13:01

Padraig Harrington admitted he would not be 100 per cent fit at Wentworth
Padraig Harrington admitted he would not be 100 per cent fit at Wentworth

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is optimistic he will recover from injury in time to compete in the BMW PGA Championship, which gets under way at Wentworth on Thursday.

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Harrington, who won his first tournament on a major worldwide tour since the 2008 US PGA in the Honda Classic in March, pulled out of the pre-tournament pro-am after suffering a shoulder problem in the gym.

The 43-year-old said: " Working on the principle I've nev er pulled out of an event injured, I believe I'll make it tomorrow. I'm an optimist. I've never pulled out before, and I've had some pretty bad injuries at times. If there's a physical way of me teeing up tomorrow, I will tee it up.

"The chances of me being 100 per cent tomorrow, very slim. The chances of me playing, very high. That would be the way I would look at it.

" I was doing a gym exercise and it was a little bit unstable, there was a little bit of a niggle but I kept on doing it. 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 with it.

"I g ot up this morning and it's what most people would call like a frozen shoulder. There's a weakness in it and a pain when I go to lift my arm.

"Thankfully I have a late tee time tomorrow, so it will be an extra five hours of movement in the morning and a bit of blood flow into it, and hopefully it will be okay by tomorrow.

"And beware of the injured golfer."

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