Pod 'gutted' to miss PGA
Padraig Harrington has spoken of his frustration at being forced out of this week¿s BMW PGA Championship through injury.
Last Updated: 25/05/11 11:11am
Padraig Harrington has spoken of his frustration at being forced out of this week's BMW PGA Championship through injury.
The Dubliner has been sidelined by a knee injury and admits he is "absolutely gutted" to miss the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.
Indeed, such is his disappointment that the 39-year-old has decided to spend this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix rather than put himself through the agony of watching.
"It's so hard, especially when I was starting to feel good at the weekend," he stated.
"I was thinking I might have pulled out a bit early, but it's gone from acute pain to persistent niggling pain and it seems the physios know a thing or two."
Harrington was at nearby Sunningdale on Tuesday in his role as a Royal and Ancient Club ambassador for a clinic with schoolchildren brought together by the Golf Foundation charity.
He also found time to attend the European Tour's awards dinner at a Heathrow hotel last night, but from there it was off to Monte Carlo rather than Wentworth.
"I've never been to a Grand Prix, but I can't sit at home watching another tournament and I'm basically going to have a week's holiday to get me away from the temptation of practising," he added.
Harrington expects to reacquaint himself with his clubs next week when he makes a trip to this year's Open Championship venue, Sandwich.
Meanwhile, his next tournament appearance will be in Memphis at the St Jude Classic on June 9-12, a week before the US Open.