Harrington Injured By Amateur, Forced To Withdraw

Padraig Harrington is a humble man who doesn’t think twice when given the opportunity to help fellow golfers, but after an unusual incident in Memphis, maybe he should.

Harrington, a three-time major winner from Ireland, was in Memphis for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic when an amateur he was helping inadvertently hit Harrington’s elbow with a rogue swing.

Harrington was forced to withdraw from the tournament.


  • Seeking Career Reboot: Once the world’s #2 ranked golfer, Harrington has been trying to get his career back on track since he slid from his peak after the 2008 season, a season where he won two majors.
  • Feared Career Over: After being struck in the elbow by an amateur golfer he was helping, Harrington needed six stitches and was forced to withdraw from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Nothing was broken, but he will need to rest for at least two weeks. At first, he feared his career was over.
  • Major Exemptions Expired: At World No. 165, Harrington did not qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.
  • Long Struggle: The 45-year-old Harrington has just two top 10s over his past four seasons, although one of those, the 2015 Honda Classic, was his first victory in seven years.
  • New Season, Same Results: In just six 2017 events, Harrington has missed four cuts, with finishes of T39 and T31 in his other two starts.

On Twitter


“When I came back from the hospital, I gave him a big hug. It was a pure accident. These things happen. I know he felt bad. And he told me I straightened out his hook.”
Padraig Harrington

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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