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06th Jun 2017

Padraig Harrington feared for his career after freak practice accident

Elbow required six stitches

Mikey Stafford

padraig harrington

Padraig Harrington will miss this week’s PGA Tour event after suffering an elbow injury during practice.

It was not even his own practice.

The FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis will have to make do without the three-time Major winner after he was hit on the elbow by an amateur player he was coaching.

It sounds like this amateur needs a lot more practice.

However it is no laughing matter, really, as the Dubliner admitted he feared his career was over following the injury. Instead he will miss 12 days as he allows the six stitches to heal.

Harrington returned from an injury lay-off last weekend, finishing in a tie for 31st at the Memorial tournament, having been sidelined following neck surgery back in February.

The good news is the 45-year-old will not miss next month’s Irish Open or British Open (which he famously won twice, in 2007 and 2008).

The incident may give him another chance to fire up that cryotherapy chamber he keeps in the garage.

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