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Padraig Harrington to miss Wentworth because of injury

Padraig Harrington
Harrington has slumped to 43rd in the world rankings

Padraig Harrington will miss next week's PGA Championship at Wentworth after aggravating a knee injury.

Harrington injured his knee earlier this month and a hamstring injury has caused it to flare up again.

"This resulted in the inability to stabilise my knee, causing acute pain," said the three-time major winner.

"As it hasn't improved significantly, and the recommended course of action is a couple of weeks rest, reluctantly, I am forced to withdraw."

Despite the absence of Harrington, the line-up for the tournament starting on 26 May still boasts many of the world's biggest names.

The current holders of all four of golf's biggest prizes will join 2010 Wentworth winner Simon Khan in taking part.

Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters in April will feature, as will last year's three holders - USPGA winner Martin Kaymer, US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.

Ernie Els and Jose Maria Olazabal will also be taking part in the European Tour's flagship event.

Five of the top six players in the world - world number four Phil Mickelson is the only absentee - will join the battle for the £750,000 first prize.

Retief Goosen of South Africa and the colourful United States player John Daly, who both have two major titles to their names, are competing along with New Zealand's Michael Campbell, Paul Lawrie of Scotland and Korea's YE Yang.

World number one Lee Westwood, Luke Donald (number two), Rory McIlroy (six) and Paul Casey (nine) also will be present, and all but 2009 champion Casey will be trying to win their first PGA Championship.

Donald came close last year but had to settle for second place behind Khan, who blitzed through the field on the final day with a brilliant six-under-par 66.

Khan is one of nine former champions, who between them have 12 victories in the event, and the field also boasts five World Golf Championship winners in Donald, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Els and Darren Clarke.



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