Dyson pulls out of Players with ‘shooting pain’

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Simon Dyson during Round 2 of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Along with the withdrawals of D.A. Points, Paul Casey, Hunter Haas and Angel Cabrera from Thursday’s first round of The Players Championship, add Englishman Simon Dyson.

Dyson, the 38th-ranked player in the world, made the trip to the U.S. to play a TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course that he says suits his game better than any other in America.

But Tuesday, Dyson started having issues on his right side, describing a “sharp, shooting pain” from his hip all the way down the leg.

“Now I can feel it in my calf,” he said Thursday, “and I can’t transfer my weight at all.”

Working with the Tour’s onsite physical-training staff before the first round, Dyson had hoped he could make a go of it. Ultimately, after struggling to a first-round 76, he decided on an early exit.

“Well, they were loosening it, but the only thing that stops it from hurting is when I ice it, but obviously that’s just numbing the pain, isn’t it?” Dyson said. “When that wears off, it hurts again. It just got worse throughout the day.”

Dyson, whose nine international victories include last year’s KLM Open and Irish Open, plans to take next week off and then see how he feels after visiting his chiropractor and trainer in England.

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