Sunday 19 November 2017

No one can say that Padraig Harrington is not trying everything to be fit for the Irish Open

Padraig Harrington on the recovery table today
Padraig Harrington on the recovery table today

Padraig Harrington is facing a race against time to be fit for next week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.

The three-time major champion was forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship at Wentworth yesterday with a shoulder problem as he played the third hole of his opening round.

He aggravated the infraspinatus in his left shoulder during a gym session on Tuesday and is now trying everything to make the start of his national open next week.

He tweeted: "Physio, acupuncture and laser light treatment all being used to get me ready for the Irish open."

He had earlier tweeted: "Still feeling the pain. 1st time I've not finished a round in my life."

“My shoulder improved quite a bit overnight and it improved substantially and enough that I could play,” Harrington explained after his withdrawal, “and a lot of times when I’ve had injuries in the past I have got better as the round has progressed. But this is the first time I’ve ever pulled out of a tournament ever.

“A lot of times when you might carry an injury into a tournament you have a little bit of an adrenaline release but today it went the other way for me.

“My shoulder just got worse and on the third tee the pain was exceptional and when I hit a shot out of the rough, it just felt horrible.”

If he does recover in time to take part next week, Harrington could also decide to play the 36-hole US Open qualifier at Walton Heath on Monday where a top-nine finish would get him in to the US Open.

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