BMW PGA Championship - Padraig retires due to injury.
Padraig only got to play two holes in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship as he had to retire due to injury. He had slightly injured his shoulder during the week and felt it freeze up as he started his round at Wentworth. As a precaution, with US Open qualifying and the Irish Open next week he decided to retire. It is his first career retirement due to injury. He is hopeful to be back in action next week.
Padraig returns to the European tour to Wentworth for its flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. It is an event that he has not had much success but would love to add the title to his career resume. The field this week is a who's who of European golf with the victorious Ryder Cup team playing as is the world number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy. It promises to be an exciting affair and marks a couple of glorious weeks for the European Tour with the Irish Open following next week. Padraig is carrying a slight shoulder injury but hopes to tee off in the opening round at 12.40pm local time with Shane Lowry and Brandon Grace.
I am back in Europe for the BMW PGA Championship, which is my first tournament in Europe this year and whilst Wentworth hasn't been my favorite venue over the years, I have been looking forward to it this year.
I decided on a more relaxed approach to the tournament this year so as to take the stress out of it. I headed home for a couple of days and travelled in on Tuesday night. I got to see family and friends, do a bit of practice and got a gym session in. Everything was great other than tweaking my shoulder in the gym. At the time it didn't feel like anything and I wasn't worried about it. However by the time I got to my hotel at Wentworth it was getting sore. It was very sore during the night and no matter what way I lay it was painful.
I was due to play the 8am pro-am but after an hour of physio and attempting a shot on the range, I had to withdraw from it. I think it is the first time I have withdrawn from anything due to injury. I then spent the rest of the day getting treatment on and off and did a small amount of putting.
The only way I can describe it is that it feels like a frozen shoulder. I wasn't able to get my arm in the air to swing the club but I am hopeful that rest is what it needs and that I will be ok come my first round tee time.