Pod 'gutted' to miss PGA
Dubliner will spend weekend at Monaco GP rather than Wentworth
Last Updated: 25/05/11 11:11am
Harrington: hugely frustrated to miss this week's BMW PGA Championship
Padraig Harrington has spoken of his frustration at being forced out of this week's BMW PGA Championship through injury.
The Dubliner has been sidelined by a knee injury and admits he is "absolutely gutted" to miss the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.
Indeed, such is his disappointment that the 39-year-old has decided to spend this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix rather than put himself through the agony of watching.
"It's so hard, especially when I was starting to feel good at the weekend," he stated.
"I was thinking I might have pulled out a bit early, but it's gone from acute pain to persistent niggling pain and it seems the physios know a thing or two."
"I've never been to a Grand Prix, but I can't sit at home watching another tournament and I'm basically going to have a week's holiday to get me away from the temptation of practising."
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Harrington was at nearby Sunningdale on Tuesday in his role as a Royal and Ancient Club ambassador for a clinic with schoolchildren brought together by the Golf Foundation charity.
He also found time to attend the European Tour's awards dinner at a Heathrow hotel last night, but from there it was off to Monte Carlo rather than Wentworth.
"I've never been to a Grand Prix, but I can't sit at home watching another tournament and I'm basically going to have a week's holiday to get me away from the temptation of practising," he added.
Harrington expects to reacquaint himself with his clubs next week when he makes a trip to this year's Open Championship venue, Sandwich.
Meanwhile, his next tournament appearance will be in Memphis at the St Jude Classic on June 9-12, a week before the US Open.