May 13 2011
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Geoff Ogilvy was forced to withdraw from THE PLAYERS Championship after nine holes in Friday’s second round with a left shoulder injury.
Ogilvy had to pull out prior to last week’s Wells Fargo Championship with the same injury, and had been receiving soft tissue treatment since then in preparation for this week.
“The dodgy shoulder was perhaps not ready for play,” Ogilvy tweeted after withdrawing Friday. “It was just slowly hurting more and more out there. More rest for it, I guess.”
Ogilvy shot a 3-over 75 in Thursday’s first round at TPC Sawgrass, with a scorecard that included four birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey at the par-5 16th.
On Friday, he started his second round off the 10th tee. He bogeyed the 12th hole, bounced back with a birdie at the 13th, and posted consecutive bogeys at 15 and 16 in making the turn at 38.
The shoulder injury is not the only health problem Ogilvy has suffered this year.
Prior to the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Ogilvy suffered a cut to his right index finger when he slipped and fell on some coral reef at a nearby beach. Having to pull out from that event was especially disappointing since Ogilvy entered as the two-time defending champ.
The Australian didn’t make his next start until a month later at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he finished 13th.
Last month at the Masters, Ogilvy produced his best result of the year, a tie for fourth after shooting a final-round 67. But he said that was when his shoulder began bothering him, and it still affected him when he played the next week at the Valero Texas Open, where he finished tied for 23rd.
Ogilvy has won seven PGA TOUR events, including the 2006 U.S. Open but has not enjoyed much success at THE PLAYERS.
In nine previous starts at TPC Sawgrass, his best finish was a tie for 16th in 2003, and he’s missed the cut four times. In 27 career rounds at THE PLAYERS, he’s carded just two rounds in the 60s at the par-72 Stadium Course.