Harrington suffering from wrist injury

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2008, 4:00 pm
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Open ChampionshipSOUTHPORT, England -- First, Tiger Woods. Now, Padraig Harrington?
 
The defending British Open champion is plagued by a sore right wrist, which forced him to cut back a practice round Tuesday and raised doubts about whether he will be able to tee it up in the tournament.
 
Harrington insisted hell be ready on Thursday'with one caveat.
 
Obviously I have to manage it between now and then, the Irishman said after scaling back to chipping and putting over the final nine holes of his practice session. Ive got to make sure I dont do anything to it. If I do nothing to it between now and Thursday, Ill be able to play.
 
The Open can sorely afford to lose another top player. Woods, a three-time British champion and the worlds No. 1 player, is sitting out the rest of the year to recover from knee surgery. Another leading American, Kenny Perry, decided to skip the tournament despite winning three of his last five events on the PGA Tour.
 
Despite taking a couple of days off, Harrington was clearly not at full strength during his first practice round of the week at Royal Birkdale. He played the front side but made sure to avoid hitting any shots out of the thick rough. At the turn, he was checked by a doctor and decided to just work around the green over the final nine holes.
 
Asked how his wrist felt, Harrington said, Fuzzy. Tingly. I was weak in the wrist, and thats why I didnt play the back nine.
 
He did walk the rest of the way with a group that included Woody Austin, Stephen Ames and Damien McGrane. Harrington merely watched on tee shots and irons from the fairway, then joined in after they got close to the flag. His caddie, Ronan Flood, ditched the bag and tailed along with a half-dozen wedges and a putter draped over his shoulder.
 
I dont want to aggravate it anymore, Harrington said.
 
He sprained the wrist Saturday while swinging into an impact bag, a sort of punching bag golfers use to strengthen that very crucial part of their bodies. He skipped two days of practice and got treatment, then decided to test it out on the course.
 
While Harrington failed to make it through all 18 holes, hes not considering the possibility of dropping out.
 
Not at the moment, no, he said. Unless I injured it again. I cant see that happening. As long as I avoid doing that, Ill be OK.
 
Even if Harrington does play, hell hardly be in top form. He intends to be back on the course Wednesday, but isnt sure if hell be able to play more than nine holes, which means he might go into the tournament without getting in a full practice round this week.
 
No matter what, he wont be doing any work from the tall grass until it counts. Harrington said the next shot he hits from the rough will be in the tournament because he doesnt want to put any extra stress on his wrist.
 
The injury will surely make the job of defending the claret jug a little tougher. But nothing can take away from Harringtons memorable win a year ago at Carnoustie, where he hit two balls into the Barry Burn on the last hole of regulation but bounced back to beat Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff.
 
Garcia was on the cusp of victory, then watched in agony as a 10-foot par putt at No. 18 slid by edge of the hole. It was all Harrington in the playoff, allowing him to escape any comparisons to Jean Van de Velde, the Frenchman who brazenly gave away the 1999 British Open on the very same course with a triple-bogey at the 72nd hole.
 
Instead, it was Garcia who took all the grief for again failing to capture his first major championship when it was right in his grasp.
 
I would be aware myself of the twin impostors of success and failure, how similar they are, Harrington said. Over the years, Ive done some great things and looked like Ive lost tournaments, and Ive won tournaments where I struggled home and won it.
 
To be very honest, theres not much difference.
 
Harrington turned in the claret jug Tuesday morning after having possession of it for the past year. He hopes to get it back someday, though not in the current packaging provided by the R&A.
 
I did point out that I could do with a smaller box so you could travel with it better on airplanes, Harrington said at a news conference before he went out on the course. You cant take the current one onto a plane; its too big. Hopefully when I get back on Sunday night, its be in a little tighter box so I can bring it with me everywhere.
 
Harrington smiled. He didnt even mention the ailing wrist during the news conference, revealing it later during a home-country interview with RTE radio.
 
Instead, he talked about putting last years victory out of his head.
 
I have to avoid and try to play down being the defending champion, Harrington said. It obviously is a distraction for me.
 
Turns out, thats not the only one.
 

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

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    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

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    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

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