A knee injury forced Padraig Harrington to miss this week’s PGA Championship but we are delighted to say that Padraig said he would play at next month’s U.S. Open even if he had to use a crutch…..
“There is no doubt about me playing at the U.S. Open, none at all,” the triple major winner told Reuters in an interview at Wentworth. “The pain has gone, I still get a little bit of throbbing behind the knee that is being treated, but generally there are no problems with it and even so I’d play with a crutch if I had to.”
You may remember Harrington hurt his knee at the Quail Hollow Championship earlier this month and he suffered a reoccurrence again at The Players Championship in Florida, this is a pretty typical sports injury. Now we are not the judging type but Padraig sustained the injury after failing to treat a hamstring problem he sustained while running around with his children at his Dublin home. “I tore my hamstring four weeks ago but I ignored it,” said Harrington. “I just didn’t pay too much attention and then I was running up to a teebox at Quail Hollow, looked over my shoulder at the same time and twisted my knee. All of a sudden I felt a sharp pain. When I went to the physio I found out that because my hamstring has effectively switched off, the popliteus muscle which is connected from the top of the calf, into the knee and up to the hamstring, had become inflamed.
“I was told I would have to take anti-inflammatories for a whole year unless I took a break for a couple of weeks so by not playing here I’ve nearly got four weeks off from competitive golf,” added Harrington.
Now if only he called us, we would have got him sorted….. Seriously, we would all like to wish good luck Padraig and indeed Rory and Gmac, one more Major please…..