Glover opts out of Sony Open

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Lucas Glover has pulled out of this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii with a sprained right knee.

Lucas Glover has pulled out of this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii with a sprained right knee.

The American injured his knee when he fell off a paddle board shortly after arriving on Maui for last week’s season-opening Tournament of Champions.

When he withdrew from the Maui event, he was hoping to be fit enough to play the Sony Open on storied Waialae’s much flatter course.

But this hasn’t happened – as the former US Open champion was to find out on Wednesday after hitting just three wedges and a nine-iron on the practice range.

Glover will instead head home for treatment and hope he is able to play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in a fortnight’s time.

Meanwhile, Billy Hurley will make his debut as a full member of the PGA Tour at the Sony Open – just two and a half years after leaving his position as a lieutenant in the US Navy to work at building a career as a professional golfer.

Hurley spent two years of active duty aboard the USS Chung-Hoon, a missile destroyer based in Pearl Harbour, before leaving in 2009

While at the Naval Academy, the 29-year-old excelled in the amateur game and played in the Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

The 29-year-old American, a former Walker Cup star, competed on the Nationwide Tour in 2011 and in 20 starts enjoyed nine top-25 finishes, including four top-10s.

He claimed the last PGA Tour card available by finishing 25th on the Nationwide Tour’s 2011 money list.

“I’m proud to be the first service academy grad to play on the Tour full-time. I want to have that emblem on me,” he said this week

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