Published: 17:21 | 6/6/17

Harrington withdraws from St Jude Classic


Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from this week's St Jude Classic after being struck on the elbow by an amateur he was coaching.

The 45-year-old Irishman needed six stitches in the wound after being struck by his student's golf club mid-swing.

Harrington wrote on Twitter: "Just withdrawn from the PGA Tour's St Jude Classic this week. I was hit on the elbow with a practice swing by an amateur I was coaching at an outing.

"Thankfully nothing was broken, just six stitches. I thought it was the end of me playing competitive golf. 

"I'll only be out for 12 days or so to let stitches heal."

Harrington, who has been struggling with a neck injury and underwent surgery in March, finished 31st in last weekend's PGA Memorial Tournament in Ohio. 

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