Harrington has his say on disqualification

Published 24/01/2011 09:28:09

After showing some of his best form for months in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championships, Padraig Harrington was in good spirits about the way 2011 started.

However, fast forward 24 hours and he was left feeling extremely frustrated after being disqualified from the tournament after signing a wrong score in his first-round 65.

The incident in question occurred on the 7th hole when the Irishman brushed the back of his ball as he replaced it in front of a marker.

Any wrong doing went unnoticed initially, but television cameras then show the ball rocked forward as Harrington touched it and was the not moved back to the correct position.

Speaking about the incident which led to his disqualification, Harrington said: "I looked down and was pretty sure it had just oscillated and had not moved, so I continued on,"

"In slow motion it's pretty clear the ball has moved three dimples forward and it's come back maybe a dimple and a half.

"At the end of the day that's good enough, but I wouldn't have done anything differently - there was nothing I could do about it at that moment in time.

It was actually a television viewer that brought the incident to the attention of the European Tour and as Harrington had already signed his score sheet without recording any ball movement at the 7th hole, he was to take no further part in the competition.

This was all particularly frustrating for Harrington, as he was being back by many sports betting pundits to win in Abu Dhabi, something which would have kick started his year nicely.

Instead, he is left thinking what might have been.


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