A recurrence of a knee injury has forced Padraig Harrington out of next week's flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Harrington endured further injury in his right knee during the recent Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina but it became more troublesome at last week's Players Championship in Florida.
He complained of a 'stabbing pain' during practice and ahead of a first-round 73 at TPC Sawgrass before hobbling off on day two to miss the cut with a second-round 78 for a seven-over-par tally.
But after further physio attention on a hamstring tear, Harrington has been diagnosed with an inflamed popliteus muscle in his knee. The Dubliner has been advised the only cure is rest so he has advised Tour officials of his withdrawal from the €4.5m event.
Mason leads on 10-under-par, Eamonn Darcy sits at one-over, with Denis O'Sullivan and Jimmy Heggarty a shot worse off. Pat Errity and Eddie Polland are towards the rear of the field on nine-over and 17-over respectively.
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