SOUTHPORT, England - Defending champion Padraig Harrington, who injured his right wrist while preparing to defend his British Open title at Royal Birkdale this week, has felt the pain spread to his elbow as well, according to Ron Graham of Wilson, who works closely with Harrington on his equipment.
Harrington, who gave up on his practice round on the eve of the year's third major, is only a "50-50" bet to make his 7:58 a.m. tee time with Retief Goosen and Justin Leonard on Thursday, according to Graham.
Harrington suffered the injury while swinging a golf club one-handed into an impact bag Saturday night.
Like Adam Scott at the U.S. Open last month, he has been reduced to shaking hands with his left hand, and has not played a full practice round in advance of the tournament. Meticulous as ever, he followed Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott on foot on the front nine Wednesday afternoon, to see how Birkdale was playing.
Harrington planned to see how his wrist and elbow feel on the range Thursday morning before deciding whether or not to play.