Padraig Harrington injured after being struck by amateur at coaching session

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from this week's FedEx St Jude Classic after being hit on the elbow by an amateur during a coaching session.

Harrington has played just seven events in 2017 after undergoing surgery on a trapped nerve in his neck in March, but had been due to play his third tournament in succession in Memphis.

The 45-year-old wrote on Twitter: "Just withdrawn from @PGATOUR @fesjcmemphis this week.I was hit on the elbow with a practice swing by an amateur I was coaching at an outing."

It was not immediately apparent how serious Harrington was when he added: "Thankfully nothing was broken, just 6 stitches. I thought it was the end of me playing competitive golf."

He added he would be out for less than a fortnight.

However, his sense of humour looked to be firmly in tact when he concluded: "There's no truth in the rumour that it was the amateur's best strike of the day @fesjcmemphis @PGATOUR."

Harrington said he expects to be out of action for 12 days. The Dubliner failed to secure a place in next week's US Open via the 36-hole qualifier at Walton Heath last week.

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