Padraig Harrington withdraws from St. Jude Classic after freak accident

The three-time major winner suffered an elbow injury whilst coaching an amateur

Padraig Harrington

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Padraig Harrington will play no part in this weekend's FedEx St. Jude Classic after suffering an elbow injury whilst on the course.

The three-time Major winner will miss out after he was struck on the elbow by the practice swing of an amateur he was coaching.

"Thankfully nothing was broken, just 6 stitches," he tweeted. "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."

He added: "There's no truth in the rumour that it was the amateur's best strike of the day."

Harrington continues his return from a neck injury and competed in last weekend's PGA Memorial Tournament. He finished tied for 31st and on a score of -1.