Padraig Harrington Feared Injury Could End His Career

Padraig Harrington Feared Injury Could End His Career

Padraig Harrington is well known within the golfing sphere for his win of three major championships: The Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 along with the PGA Championship in 2008.

The Irish pro golfer was even awarded an impressive ranking of third in the Official World Golf Rankings back in July 2008—a highlight of his golfing career.

2017 seems to have been a rocky year for the golfer, after undergoing surgery to resolve a trapped nerve in his neck in March. Now, Harrington unfortunately has had to withdraw from the FedEx St Jude Classic tournament in Memphis after suffering an elbow injury.

After coaching an amateur on his swing, the Dubliner was caught on the elbow, an injury that needed six deep stitches.

It was rumored that Padraig Harrington feared the injury could end his golfing career. Harrington commented, ‘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,’ he added.

Luckily, the experienced player acted fast and applied an ice pack to the wound while compressing it to reduce inflammation. Later an X-ray showed that Harrington’s elbow wasn’t broken but still required some medical attention.

Not wanting to rush back into the game too soon, Harrington made the decision to rest his elbow. His neck injury lost him a place in the BMW PGA Championship this year along with next week’s U.S. Open. While the golf pro is disappointed, it seems that waiting ‘10-12 days for the stitches to heal’ is the best option for him at this stage.

See also: Rory McIlroy to Join U.S. Open After Injury

You May Also Like

Tiger Woods' 2018 schedule image courtesy Tony Bowler /

Tiger Woods’ 2018 Schedule Revealed for Opening Months

Tiger Woods has confirmed the first two events he will be playing in this ...

Rory McIlroy has 100 weeks in number one spot

Rory McIlroy Cements Legacy as Number One

Rory McIlroy has been the number one player in the world for going on ...

Adam Scott wins the Genesis Invitational

Adam Scott Wins the Genesis Invitational

Adam Scott held his nerve to seal a two-shot victory and defeat a star-studded ...

No Fans For the Rest of 2020 TOUR Season

No Fans For the Rest of 2020 TOUR Season

No fans for the rest of the 2020 TOUR season became official after an ...

PGA Championship to move to May from 2019

PGA Championship to Move to May From 2019

The PGA Championship will move from August to May from 2019 and become the ...

LPGA Tour to restart this July with restrictions

The LPGA Tour to Restart This July

The LPGA Tour to restart this July with a brand new event. The LPGA ...