Those with a wrist injury, raise your hand

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – For those who are fans of players on the comeback trail from wrist injuries, boy did PGA Tour officials make it easy for those attending The Honda Classic.

The 7:44 a.m. group off the 10th tee included not one, but two comeback kids: Trevor Immelman, who is playing for just the second time since surgery on his left wrist last October, and Brett Wetterich, who last played in June of 2008 before undergoing surgery on his right wrist.

“Yeah, it gave us something to talk about,” Wetterich said. “It was kind of funny.”

Wetterich’s time away has been much longer than Immelman’s, but he said nerves were never a factor. “I’m kind of surprised that there were no jitters, but then again, if I wasn’t ready, I wouldn’t have come out here.”

Immelman missed the cut last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but is thrilled with the way he’s feeling. The wrist, he said, “is fantastic.” The problem, he added, “is trying to get rid of the bad habits I developed” by swinging with the sore wrist.

Neither player was totally disappointed with his 3-over 73 at PGA National’s Champion Course.

“I played pretty well, but the problem was this,” Wetterich said, pointing to the flat stick as he did some work on the putting green.

“It’s the best I’ve driven the ball in a year, to be honest with you,” Immelman said.

Their scores may have matched and so, too, their sore spots, but Immelman conceded that his playing competitor had the edge – in a bad sort of way.

“His wrist injury was worse than mine,” the 2008 Masters champions said. “Mine was a lot easier to fix than his.”

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