Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Pain in the neck for Padraig

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington was expected back for the second round of The Masters today despite neck trouble and a 77 start that matched his worst-ever round at Augusta.

"It's tough when you can't hit the shots," said the three-time major winner. "It's very disappointing. I prepared very well, I was in good form, but it was not to be - such is life.

"I nearly pulled out before I started, but I wouldn't - that's just my nature. And, knowing me, I would never fail to finish. I take some pride in that."

Harrington has had similar trouble in the past and added: "I always have to be wary.

"I was swinging the left-handed shot, just warming up and it just kind of clicked. I'm not able to move to my right.

"It's always going to happen sometimes. I would love to tell you that there's more I could do - aside from cutting my head off!

"I didn't get a warm-up really at all. I spent about two minutes on the putting green because I had to get treatment.

"I didn't take any pain killers. I was hoping it would go away, but it actually got worse on the course - maybe I should have. It didn't cross my mind."

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