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Padraig Harrington is facing a tough decision on whether to have surgery prior to The Open at Royal Birkdale.

The 45-year-old Irishman can’t wait to return to the site of the second of his three major titles, having not returned since his four-shot victory in 2008, but a neck injury is doing its best to hamper preparations.

It’s hurting at the moment

Padraig Harrington

“I’ve had numbness in my right hand. I have atrophy in my right
triceps. Probably lost about five miles an hour of clubhead speed. I saw
last week at the stats that I hit it 50 yards short of where Dustin did
last week.

“You know, when you are used to having it and you don’t have it,
that’s a lot worse than if you never had it at all. It’s hurting at the
moment in that sense.”

Harrington will seek more medical advice when he returns home to
Ireland but is under no illusions that, with a 12-week lay-off ahead if
he opts for surgery, he is in a race against time to make a decision.

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“They are talking up to 12 weeks without hitting a shot and then a
couple of weeks,” he added. “So if I go and have it done, pretty much
immediately, I’d be ready to go back playing just sometime in mid-June.
So I’d be in good time for The Open.

“If I delay surgery, thinking I’m getting better, and then I end up
having to have surgery in May or something like that, that would be a
disaster to miss out obviously on Birkdale and miss out on the PGA, as
well, during the summer.

“I was focusing on trying to have a great start to the season so that
I could get into the Masters, and US Open. The injury has kind of
changed my focus. My focus has moved to being sharp and ready for The
Open – it’s all about that now.”

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