Harrington Elects Not To Travel To Coronavirus-Hit San Francisco For PGA Championship

Past PGA Championship winner Padraig Harrington has chosen not to travel to the US for next week’s PGA Championship.

Harrington had long ago entered this week’s Barracuda Championship and no doubt as a warm-up for the long overdue and also first Major of this season to be played next week at TPC Harding Park.

Padraig Harrington plants a kiss on the Rodman Wanamaker trophy after winning the 2008 PGA Championship at Hazeltine

However, when he withdraw from the Barracuda Championship it clearly meant his place in the PGA Championship was doubtful.

And this has now been confirmed by the Dubliner in choosing not to travel Stateside.

“After much deliberation, I have decided not to travel to next week’s PGA Championship,” said Harrington.

“As Covid-19 currently looks to be under control in Ireland, I am taking the prudent approach by following the guidelines and reducing the risk as much as possible by staying at home.

“I’m sure I’ll be watching every shot on TV with great interest and hopefully I’ll have many more years to play in the PGA Championship.”

Harrington now joins a growing list of European players intending not to travel to the U.S; and where very sadly more than 150,000 people have died from the worldwide pandemic.

Those opting to remain in Europe include fellow Open Champion Francesco Molinari along with the England duo of Lee Westwood and Eddie Pepperell.

It is understood Harrington’s place will now be taken by American Talor Gooch.

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