Barnes WDs from Hope with recurring back pain

Ricky Barnes during the Asia Pacific Classic.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Ricky Barnes withdrew in the middle of Friday’s third round of the Bob Hope Classic because of a recurring back injury. His agent, Dennis Blake, described the injury as a fatigued lower-back, the result of an increased off-season regimen. Barnes is coming off a career year, during which he finished 43rd on the PGA Tour money list.

“He practiced really hard in the offseason, and we all know he likes to work out. He did a lot of both in the offseason,” Blake said. “When it came time to tee it up at the beginning of this year, his lower back was just tired and fatigued.

“He’s had it checked out, and all the doctors have said it’s just one of those things that’s going to need some rest. It’s nothing major, just strained from overuse. They explained it as when your back gets overtired, it can flare up. You just have to let the inflammation settle down.”

Barnes will skip next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, and hopes to return for the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb. 3-6.

Blake said this is the first time Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champ and ’09 U.S. Open runner-up, has suffered from this injury. Barnes skipped the Sony Open because of the injury. He was in 13th place after shooting 65-70 in the Hope’s first two rounds. He withdrew after completing eight holes of the third round in 2 over par.

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