After injuring his shoulder in the gym earlier this week, Padraig Harrington withdrew from the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship after two holes on Thursday. It is the first time in his 20-year career that he has pulled out of a tournament.
Harrington felt discomfort during his workout Tuesday but opted to continue. He went to the range after the gym, but woke up Wednesday with stiffness in his shoulder. He missed the pro-am round but was hopeful that he’d be able to get through the BMW. He said in his pre-tournament news conference that it was “like frozen shoulder” and that he was struggling to lift his arm.
“I’ve never pulled out before,” he said Wednesday, “and I’ve had some pretty bad injuries at times. If there’s a physical way of me teeing it up (Thursday), I will tee it up.”
Harrington bogeyed his opening hole, made a par on No. 2 and then walked off.
The Honda Classic winner is still optimistic that he'll play in next week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down.
“It will be absolutely no issue whatsoever for the Irish Open,” he said. “This is an injury that with a couple of physio sessions will be gone in about a week.”