Padraig Harrington to miss St. Jude Classic


Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic after being hit on the elbow by an amateur during a coaching session.
Padraig Harrington has played just seven events in 2017 after undergoing surgery on a trapped nerve in his neck in March, but had been due to play his third tournament in succession in Memphis.
The 45-year-old wrote on Twitter:
It was not immediately apparent how serious Harrington was when he added: “Thankfully nothing was broken, just 6 stitches. I thought it was the end of me playing competitive golf.”
However, his sense of humour looked to be firmly in tact when he concluded:
Padraig Harrington said he expects to be out of action for 12 days. The Dubliner failed to secure a place in next week’s US Open via the 36-hole qualifier at Walton Heath last week.
The 45-year-old wrote on his personal website: “Yesterday I picked up an elbow injury at a golf outing in Washington DC.
“Whilst coaching an amateur golfer on how to cure his hook, I stepped in close to demonstrate the action for a fade, but as I was stepping away he continued to swing and caught me flush on the elbow.
“My initial thought was that the elbow was shattered and it was the end to my competitive playing career. I nearly fainted with the pain and shock.
“I applied ice to the elbow within seconds and also compressed it to minimise any inflammation. After an X-ray at the hospital I was delighted to learn that it wasn’t broken, but it still required 6 deep stitches.
“I have been advised to be cautious and it will need 10-12 days for the stitches to heal, so I have been forced to withdraw from this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic tournament in Memphis.”

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