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April 4, 2014

Padraig Harrington


PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  It didn't hurt or anything, but when I couldn't grip the 15th tee, you know, there's more output than anything else.

Q.  What sort of treatment did he give you?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  Just took -- stretched it out, put some cream on it, anti-inflammatories, everything he could, but it needed time.  You know, I'm sure I won't even think about it tomorrow, I'll have a bit of things on it later.  As I said, I know where I put pressure on my grip.

Q.  Did you know that you could let a group play through?  Seemed like when Mark Russell pulled up, it's in the regulation.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  Pretty standard practice in Europe.  You get ten, 15 minutes for your first medical, yeah.

Q.  Have you ever done this before?

Q.  No, where it's happened on the golf course and --
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  Yeah.  Many times.  I don't know if we let somebody through before, no, but no, probably I certainly had it happen on the golf course plenty of times.  Terrible troubles with my neck for a year.  I was a regular.

Q.  Going to say I can't recall getting your finger before.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  No.  It's a weird one.  I have stodgy fingers.

Q.  Which one was it?

Q.  Could you not bend it?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  I -- when I took the club back, I couldn't put any pressure on it and tighten it.  I know now where I tighten my grip on my back swing, I lift it up there.  Like I said, on 15 I stood there with a driver.  When I eventually went to hit, I tried to hit 3-wood because I wasn't -- I hit that in the woods.  By the end of the round, I don't think I was even gripping with that finger.  It was basically -- it was there but, you know, it wasn't -- it certainly wasn't -- you know, kind of like I was in -- it wasn't awful pain.  It's just a distraction, yeah.

Q.  Were you thinking about the cut line at the time, that's it for the weekend?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  I knew I was close to the cut line, you know, at 1-under par.  I just made a nice birdie.  I was in good form actually walking onto the 15th tee.  It didn't do me any favors.  You know, a convenient excuse at the end of the day or what, you know.  It certainly -- it pretty much certainly caused a bogey on 15, anyways, that's for sure.

Q.  Is that where you want to be putting pressure on your golf grip?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON:  Don't want to think about it.  One thing we don't do is think about grip pressure.

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