The Irish veteran said on Twitter that he had received six stitches in the joint after being struck with a golf club by an amateur taking a practice swing, but admits it could have been worse.
"I was coaching at an outing," said Harrington. “Thankfully nothing was broken, just six stitches. I'll be out for 12 days or so to let the stitches heal."
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Harrington, 45, did not say where or when the accident happened, or which elbow had been injured.
He suggested the injury could have been worse.
"I thought it was the end of me playing competitive golf," he tweeted.
"There's no truth in the rumour that it was the amateur's best strike of the day.”
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