Broken toe keeps Goosen out of PGA
Retief Goosen, out of action since The Masters with a broken toe, will also miss this week’s BMW PGA Championship.
South African Retief Goosen, out of action since The Masters over a month ago after breaking a toe while “running around” with his two children, has withdrawn from this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
And he is not the only major champion to pull out of the European Tour’s flagship event.
Jose Maria Olazabal has decided he is still not fit enough to end a seven-month lay-off caused by continuing problems with rheumatism.
The two-time Masters champion appeared in the pro-am before last week’s tournament in Majorca, but does not feel well enough to compete for four straight days. His place goes to Essex’s Richard McEvoy.
Michael Campbell is a no-show as well. Winner of the US Open five years ago, the New Zealander has been having a torrid time and last made a halfway cut way back in October.
After rounds of 83 and 81 at The Masters last month Campbell talked of taking an extended break from the game.
“Mentally I’m not there and maybe I should get away for a month or six months or who knows – I need to get myself sorted out,” he said.
“Michael Campbell should not be shooting these scores. It’s just not working.
“This is pretty much the worst I have felt since I turned professional. It’s been ridiculous.”
Goosen’s fellow countryman Richard Sterne will not play at Wentworth either – he has not played for over two months – while Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and American Shaun Micheel, US PGA champion in 2003, are not making the trip either after not faring very well in Texas last week.
Otherwise, of Europe’s biggest names, all except Sergio Garcia are in this week’s field, while invitations have been handed to 17-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero – it will be his second start as a professional – the English pair of Oliver Fisher and Simon Khan, Scot Stephen Gallacher, South African Keith Horne and Spain’s Alejandro Canizares, who lost the play-off in Majorca.
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