Injured Sim misses Players, may return soon
Monday, January 31, 2011
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – A spot in The Players Championship is just one of the perks that comes with finishing first on the Nationwide Tour money list. Michael Sim wasn’t able to take advantage of that perk, however, because of a right shoulder injury, the same ailment that kept the promising young Aussie from making his Masters debut earlier this year.
The 25-year-old should be back on the course soon, though. Sim, who hasn’t played since finishing last at the WGC-CA Championship in March, may play as soon as next week’s Valero Texas Open, according to his agent, Bud Martin.
“The plan is to play next week in Texas, but it’s kind of day-to-day,” Martin said. “We’ll make that decision here in the next couple of days. A lot of it will have to do with his preparation in Arizona.”
Sim, who has a home in Scottsdale, was scheduled to return to the United States today, according to Martin. He’s spent the past several weeks at home in Australia to get treatment for the shoulder. Sim got a cortisone shot a few weeks ago.
“He’s feeling pretty good now,” Martin said.
This isn’t the first time Sim has been sidelined. A stress fracture in his spine caused him to miss almost the first four months of his first rookie season on the PGA Tour (2007), forcing him to take a major medical extension.
Sim, No. 47 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has until 5 p.m. Friday to commit to the Texas Open. He’s No. 70 on the PGA Tour money list with $502,573, most of which came from his tie for second at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Sim won three times last year on the Nationwide Tour and set the tour record for earnings.