Harrington Benched
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Harrington hurt

Padraig Harrington will miss next week’s BMW PGA Championship, a premier event on the European Tour, due to a knee/hamstring injury, according to the three-time major champion’s website. Harrington first hurt himself two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship, which worsened at last week’s Players Championship.

After returning home I continued to have physio on what was originally a hamstring tear, which caused the popliteus muscle to become inflamed. This resulted in the inability to stabilise my knee, causing acute pain. As it hasn’t improved significantly and the recommended course of action is a couple of weeks rest, reluctantly, I am forced to withdraw from next week’s BMW PGA Championship.

Nothing will stop Harrington from playing at the US Open next month, though. He told an Irish television station, “I’ll definitely be there for the US Open, I’d play on a crutch if I had to. It just needs that bit of time off in order to take the pressure off it.”

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)