Saturday 16 December 2017

'Every hurling coach will be shouting at me' - Harrington reveals details of bizarre driving range injury

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Padraig Harrington has revealed more details about the driving range accident that had him fearing for his career.

On Tuesday the three-time Major champion revealed that he is out of action for two weeks after he was hit by an amateur golfer's practice swing. Harrington was giving a lesson when the incident occurred, and tonight he shed some further light on the bizarre mishap.

Speaking to Game On on 2FM, Harrington said that every junior hurling coach will understand the mistake he made.

"I iced it within 15 seconds and had it compressed and iced within a minute so there is no swelling," Harrington said.

"Obviously the stitches were there.

"I would have every hurling coach coaching junior teams shouting at me for what I did. I was giving a lesson and I stepped into the guy to hold his club to mimic what he needed to do to change his hook to a fade, which is fine if you stand shoulder to shoulder, everyone knows that in hurling. But when I stepped away I gave him the space he swung up into my body and caught me on the arm, right flush on the elbow bone. He hit me so hard I was sure it was smashed. As I was icing it I nearly fainted."

Luckily for Harrington, he managed to avoid a major injury and hopes to return to competitive golf in the near future. The embarrassed amateur claimed that the Dubliner managed to fix the flaws in his swing, despite maiming his instructor.

"He was very shocked and embarrassed by it, but it was an accident. It was an accident that you are taught in hurling at five years of age not to do."

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