Colin Montgomerie is prepared to play through the pain barrier at next month’s Open Championships at St Andrews.
The Ryder Cup captain has been suffering with a calf muscle injury for three weeks but is desperate to play after carding a 62 at Sunningdale to qualify.
“I’ve no idea how I did it but the muscle is torn,” he said.
“The pain is all through my back and Achilles tendon, but after a 62 to get in I don’t want to miss out.”
Despite the niggling injuries, the 47-year-old, who has not won a title since the European Open in July 2007, recorded a second round score of 68 at the BMW International in Munich to reach a halfway total of six under par.
The Scotsman, who played thanks to painkillers, headed straight to the physiotherapy wagon.
“I’ve been seeing Germany’s under-21 football team doctor; his boss is in South Africa, of course,” he added.
“He’s been very helpful because he’s used to dealing with footballers who have this type of injury.”