By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)
Following four months out of the game with a wrist injury European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington returned to action in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia this morning. The 47 year-old Dubliner shot an opening round of 70, for 2 under par, to leave himself five shots behind joint-leaders, Australian Marcus Fraser and Spaniard Nacho Elviro.
Harrington began the round with a birdie on the opening par 5 but gave it straight back on the next hole. He repeated that feat on the sixth and seventh holes before two birdies on the back nine saw him finish 2 under par.
He admitted afterwards that he struggled with his driving throughout the round but couldn’t hide his delight at playing for the first time in months.
Harrington said, “I actually really enjoyed my day. I wish I was like that every day. Four months off, I was buzzing out there, really enjoying the battle of getting it done. I struggled so badly off the tee, so it was an interesting contest for me.”
“There is substantial difference between playing a practice round and playing with a card in your hand. I really struggled with my swing but I haven’t forgotten how to play golf. I managed my way around the golf course. I worked hard for the score. Overall 70 is a well worked score.”