Padraig Harrington on his injury: "I genuinely thought that was the end of things"
The Irishman opened up about a career-defining moment22:05 Thursday 6 July 2017, 22:05 6 Jul 2017
The Off the Ball team have set up camp at Portstewart all week as the Irish Open clicks into gear.
Padraig Harrington joined Thursday's show after he posted a first round of 68 to leave him on four-under.
Speaking afterwards about the course he said: "It's a stunning vista out there and you'll get no better look than that front nine when it comes to golf courses and a good golf course - a very solid course, a very playable golf course. You see good scoring today as the weather is good...it's certainly a joy to play and the players are really enjoying it."
Shane Lowry spoke on Wednesday of his admiration for Harrington and how he gets to play practice rounds with one of his idols. He also confirmed to Ger Gilroy and Nathan Murphy that he wasn't responsible for the injury the Dubliner sustained but spilled the beans, saying: "I got him to show me the scar - it's pitiful to be honest. He's actually embarrassed to show it to anyone!"
Harrington openly admitted it wasn't what he was expecting. "Yes, it is actually surprisingly (small) - I need to have a big bandage on it and play up a bit more," he said. "But, if I touch it off something, you'll see me jump. Maybe, then again, I'm a bit soft when it comes to it.
Padraig Harrington on the11th hole. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Peter Morrison
"I had some stitches cut out of it and there's still some stitches in there but yeah, I'll have to hack that out in a few days or so. But look, it couldn't have turned out better. When the guy hit me on the follow through and he hit me pretty hard - I genuinely thought that was the end of things.
"You get hit right on the bone with a driver - you assume it's going to shatter something in there. For our sport, leading arm - you're just not going to come back from it, not to a full competitive player but thankfully some body was looking after me, maybe I'm unbreakable!
"What happened in the five minutes afterwards is that the guy was distraught because I immediately put my hand on it. We had a cart there with an ice-bucket and I had it iced within 15 seconds.
"So even though I burst the bursa sac - which that can swell up like a golf ball or a tennis ball - I had no swelling whatsoever. And, within a minute, I had it compressed and iced so again no swelling and it went numb."
The full interview can be heard here:
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