Harrington's Injury Scare

Published 15/07/2008 13:38:10

Reigning Open champion Padraig Harrington has suffered an injury scare just days before he is due to begin the defence of his crown.

The Irishman injured his left wrist on Saturday and has not hit a shot since. He stated he was "strongly hopeful" of appearing in this weeks' event. Harrington also carried a neck injury two weeks ago at the European Open.

"The only issue would be if I re-injured it in the rough and that's what is a little bit scary. I'm going for physio now and then out to see if I can hit shots.

"If it stays stable I will play a practice round but pick the ball up in the rough. If it's not stable I will have another day off."

When pushed for a definite answer on whether he would play, Harrington told RTE radio: "I'm just not sure. I don't know.

"It has improved over the last two days but I just can't be sure until I hit start hitting shots. I could not support the weight of the club with my wrist on Saturday and Sunday. I can do that now but I don't know about hitting into the turf or the rough and that's something I can't really test."

He was quick to point out the similar circumstances of last year's Carnoustie event, in which he didn't play a single practise round yet won in extraordinary circumstances.

"It's not the end of the world, it's a good straightforward course. It would not be the worst course in the world to just have one practice round.

"Mentally I'm quite positive, just a bit worried about it being weak and flaring up where I can't continue to play. I think I will be teeing it up with strapping (on it), but who knows."



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