Goosen becomes ninth WD before Wells Fargo
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Retief Goosen joined a long list of WDs on Wednesday when the two-time major champion withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship with a hip issue.
Goosen joined eight other players – 2003 champion David Toms, Jeff Overton, Mark Wilson, Freddie Jacobson, Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, 2005 champion Vijay Singh and Ben Crane – in withdrawing from this week's PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow Club.
Goosen pegs his hip injury to a week before the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when, on a cool Saturday morning while hitting balls at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., the 43-year-old South African felt a twinge in his hip. He traces it to not having warming up properly. When he awoke Sunday morning, he had a sore hip.
Goosen tied for 21st in New Orleans, despite having struggled with his ballstriking during the weekend rounds.
“I just played six holes and I’m struggling to swing it,” Goosen said after his practice round Tuesday. “I’m compensating on my swing a bit.”
Goosen called a halt to his 2012 season after the PGA Championship, frustrated by the continued pain from herniated L3 and L4 disks in his back, and consulted Dr. David Harrison in London. Goosen agreed to an extreme solution – surgery to replace a disk that had disintegrated. “Titanium with, like, a rubber-type middle,” Goosen said.
After an abbreviated practice session Tuesday and a trip to the physio trailer afterward, Goosen felt the pain moving from his side to his hip and decided to make a call to his doctor in London on Wednesday morning.
The recommendation was an MRI, which Goosen underwent Wednesday morning. The imaging revealed inflammation in an area between the hip and back, forcing Goosen to withdrawal.
“I'd rather take a week off and rest it and come back next week,” Goosen said.