Saturday 16 December 2017

Padraig Harrington could miss US PGA Championship after injuring himself playing tennis

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington

Ireland's Padraig Harrington could miss the final Major of the year after injuring himself while playing tennis with his children.

The Dubliner played through the pain barrier to shoot a 72 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone but admitted to reporters afterwards that he was struggling and his participation next week could be in doubt.

"I am really struggling and don’t know if I can make it through the next two rounds so we’ll see, we’ll see," he said

"So I am not 100pc sure and it will depend on how I feeling in the morning but then in the bigger picture I am also concerned about next week’s PGA Championship."

Harrington is suffering from damage to the cartilage in his knee.

"Ideally, I should be taking three weeks rest but I can’t do that this time of the year so I am staring at possibly an injection and plenty of rehab."

Harrington will more than likely make the first tee at Whistling Straits on Thursday but will not be at his best.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is finally back at a Major, even if he has yet to announce officially that he will play. The world No 1 flew into Whistling Straits last night keeping his scorecards close to his chest.

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