After considering withdrawing from the P.G.A. Championship, Irish golfer Padraig Harrington decided to compete, leaving his wife Caroline at home about to go into labor. “The doctor was of the opinion that if anything, the pregnancy will go late,” Harrington said. “I decided the worst thing was if I was sitting at home all the way through the P.G.A. and nothing happened. So we decided that I would travel,” he told the New York Times.
“If I get the call Saturday and I’m doing well, I’m going to hang around on Sunday.”
As it turned out, Padraig would have done as well to stay at home. Three bogies and no birdies in an uneventful final round left him with a total of ten over par and in a tie for 29th place. “It was one of those weeks. I just wasn’t playing well enough to master the course, which was very tough but fair. There are no excuses. If you weren’t at the top of your form, this was no place to be. I hope to play in the NEC this week if all goes well at home.”
(No birth was reported at press time, a week after the P.G.A.). ♦