Trio to miss Deutsche Bank Champs

Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey and Jason Dufner all withdrew from this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

After last week’s first round of the season-ending US PGA Tour playoffs – The Barclays Championship – the top 100 players the season points list advanced to this week’s event in Boston.

Northern Ireland’s McDowell, who ranks 40th on that list, will miss this week’s event after his wife gave birth to their first child on Monday.

“Thanks so much for all the well wishes,” McDowell posted on Twitter.

“Mum and baby girl are happy and healthy. Happiest moment of my life hands down.”

Casey withdrew with injury, which means the 85th-placed Englishman won’t qualify for the third event in the series after finishing in a share for 22nd last week.

Dufner, who has been struggling with a bulging disc in his neck, hasn’t recovered in time after withdrawing from his PGA Championship title defense earlier this month.

The American needs to finish inside the top 70 next week to qualify for the final event of the series, the BMW Championship.

Three players inside the top 20 on the standings have already confirmed their withdrawal.

They are Dustin Johnson (14th), Sergio Garcia (15th) and Justin Rose (20th).
That leaves 94 players that will contest for 70 places in next week’s tournament.