Padraig Harrington tweets about withdrawal over bizarre injury

Irish golfer Padraig Harrington announced his withdrawal from the 60th FedEx St. Jude Classic this week via Twitter. His injury was incurred while coaching an amateur golfer who got a bit feisty with his practice swing.

Harrington was at an outing in DC when he was trying to help an amateur fix his hook, when he was hit in the elbow during the guy’s back swing. No good deed goes unpunished, eh? This is what he wrote on his website:

“Yesterday I picked up an elbow injury at a golf outing in Washington DC.

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.

I applied ice to the elbow within seconds and also compressed it to minimise any inflammation. After an X-ray at the hospital I was delighted to learn that it wasn’t broken, but it still required 6 deep stiches. I have been advised to be cautious and it will need 10 – 12 days for the stiches to heal, so I have been forced to withdraw from this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic tournament in Memphis.”

Although he initially thought it would be the end of his competitive career, the elbow injury wasn’t that bad and he only received a couple of stitches. Thankfully he will only be out for several days, rather than weeks, but this will still cost him a tournament. At least it didn’t cost him the Masters, like Dustin Johnson’s strange fall did this year.

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Harrington is such a stand up guy though, he tweeted a joke about the incident and also found the irony in the situation.

Padraig could write a verse in Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic. “It’s like raiiiiin on your wedding day, a free riiiiiide you already paid.” But seriously, he’s lucky he didn’t get hurt more than he did. He’ll probably think twice the next time he wants to help someone out with their swing.

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