Padraig Harrington has been ruled out of the opening events of 2019 as the three-time major winner recovers from a broken wrist.

The Dubliner revealed on social media that he had hurt his wrist, following a slip, in mid-December, which he initially presumed was a sprain.

The 2007 and 2008 Open champion later discovered that there was a break in one of the bones of his wrist, which now requires a splint to aid recovery.

Harrington was set to play two events in January, the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, but is now targetting a February return at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am on the PGA Tour.

"Over the Christmas period I discovered that I had broken a bone in my wrist. I had slipped whilst walking down the stairs at home in mid-December," revealed Harrington on his website.

"Whilst it continues to heal, I need to keep it in a splint a little while longer so, frustratingly, I will need to miss the first two planned events of my season in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

"However, I should be fully fit for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am on the PGA Tour in early February."