Verplank plays through wrist injury at BMW

Scott Verplank during the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Scott Verplank during the Deutsche Bank Championship.

LEMONT, Ill. – Scott Verplank never expected to be in Chicago this week after withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship with tendinitis in his left wrist.

Sore and already on the FedEx Cup bubble, Verplank didn’t really care about playing golf in Chicago as the pain in his wrist had gotten to the point of no return.

But when Charlie Wi made a long birdie putt on the 18th hole in Monday’s final round in Boston, Verplank moved from 71st to 70th on the list and earned an invitation to Chicago.

After receiving a cortisone shot on Monday, as well as an MRI, Verplank made the decision to make the trip.

“I don’t know that I ought to be,” Verplank said when asked why he was in Chicago. “I’m not going to hurt myself by playing; it’s just a matter of how much pain I could put up with.”

Verplank has been dealing with the pain for the much of this year, and while this is his first cortisone shot of 2010, the former U.S. Amateur champion said he averages two to three shots a year.

“I guess I always think I can figure it out and get better,” Verplank said. “That’s why I came here because I haven’t been playing very good and I know I’ve been hurting, but it really didn’t hurt much today.”

Hitting only 15-20 balls on Wednesday at his home in Oklahoma, Verplank decided it didn’t hurt enough to not make the trip.

Making four bogeys in the first seven holes at Cog Hill, Verplank was a little skittish about taking divots and bladed some shots before he decided to commit to hitting the ground.

“It wasn’t very good for the first five, six, seven holes, after that it actually wasn’t that bad,” Verplank said of his opening-round 76. “It hurt a lot less today than it’s hurt over the last two or three weeks.”

Verplank comes into this week 70th on the FedEx Cup list, and short of a win this week will not make the trip to Atlanta for the Tour Championship in two weeks.

If that is the case, he will shut it down for the season and let his wrist heal.

As part of that healing process, Verplank will have to stop lifting weights where gripping is involved. The gripping of the weights has been the reason for the recent inflammation.

One thing Verplank intends to do is pay Charlie Wi back.

“I sent him a nice text and told him I owed him dinner,” Verplank said after Wi made birdie on Monday. “He called me later and said glad I could help.”

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