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Pádraig Harrington sidelined but will 'play on a crutch' at US Open if he must

The Dublin golfer is expected to be out of action for around three weeks but has vowed to make the US Open on 16 June. Better news for Ulstermen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy at the World Match Play Championship in Spain yesterday.

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PÁDRAIG HARRINTON HAS been forced to pull out of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next week due to a serious leg injury.

The Dubliner sustained a pretty serious sounding ‘grade one hamstring tear’ along with associated inflammation of a muscle attached to the hamstring, RTÉ reports.

He picked up the injury at the Wells Fargo Championship in the US two weeks ago but aggravated it last week at the Players Championship in Florida.

The injury rules Harrington out for three-weeks but  he hopes to be fit to play at the US Open which starts on 16 June telling RTÉ that “I’d play on a crutch if I had to.”

Elsewhere in the golfing world there’s better news for Ulster duo Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy who will fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain.

Beating Louis Oosthuizen and Retief Goosen respectively the pair will now tee-off again this afternoon as the second day of play gets underway.

This afternoon, McIlroy will be up against Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts while McDowell faces Venezuelan Jhonattan Vega.

Follow their progress here.

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