Goosen withdraws from Players

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A broken toe suffered playing with his children has forced Retief Goosen to withdraw from next week’s Players Championship.

A broken toe suffered playing with his two children has forced Retief Goosen to withdraw from next week’s Players Championship in Florida.
The double US Open champion also had to miss the Quail Hollow Championship because of the injury, but he hopes to be fit again for the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 20-23.
He is one of 11 players who will not be at Sawgrass for golf’s richest tournament – it has a total purse of over £6.2million and a first prize of more than £1.1million.
Dubai Desert Classic champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, World Cup winner Edoardo Molinari and Ryder Cup Dane Soren Hansen have all opted for the Italian Open, where the prize money is the same as the winner’s cheque in America and the winner earns £216,666.
Sixty-year-old Open runner-up Tom Watson and 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell, whose wretched form has prompted him to take a lengthy break from the sport, have also turned down their spots and so have South African Louis Oosthuizen, injured American Rich Beem and Japan’s top two Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda.

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