Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golf: Padraig Fears a Rough Ordeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golf: Padraig Fears a Rough Ordeal

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TIGER WOODS has shown it is possible to win a major while injured - now it is Padraig Harrington's turn in the defence of his Open title.

While Woods' knee injury keeps him from competing at Royal Birkdale, Harrington is determined to tee-off in tomorrow's first round despite suffering a wrist injury on Saturday.

Harrington played only nine holes of practice yesterday, without attempting a single shot out of the rough, before being advised to rest it further.

"I know I will not get through 72 holes this week without going in the rough and the biggest worry is if I do something that will flare up the wrist," the Irishman admitted.

"If it wasn't the Open I would have pulled out. But because it's Open week I will definitely make the effort."

Harrington's injury reminded everyone, not that any reminder was necessary, of Woods' absence from Birkdale, the first time the American has missed a major since the 1996 USPGA.

Woods has still been a major topic of conversation with claims that Sunday's winner will be devalued by the absence of the 14-time major victor. …

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