Oosthuizen WDs from Honda with bad back
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn for the Honda Classic because of a recurring back injury that has plagued the South African for months.
Oosthuizen, 31, struggled with his back last week during his quarterfinal match in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship against eventual champion Jason Day.
When he returned to his home in West Palm Beach, Oosthuizen decided to take the rest of the week off and did not come to PGA National at all, instead trying the ailing back out at the Bear’s Club on Wednesday, with negative results.
“If I can commit myself to hit the shot, it's not that bad, but I can't commit,” Oosthuizen said after a 2-and-1 loss to Day. "My body is restricting me to go through the shot.”
Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship, missed two months of action after he withdrew from the Open Championship at Muirfield last July, returning to action in September. He continued to have issues with his back, which prompted cortisone injections in his lower back in November.
After taking two weeks off, Oosthuizen found immediate relief in winning the Volvo Golf Champions in early January, clearing fellow South African Branden Grace by a shot.
"I just need to work hard the next four weeks on a bit of physical training and stuff on my lower back to make sure that I don't get injuries throughout the year,” Oosthuizen said after his win. "My physio has done a really good job this week, and today it was fine. I didn't feel the back today, and it was nice to play and just not worry about anything and just play my golf.”
According to his management team at International Sports Management, Oosthuizen will continue to rest his ailing back and plans to play in next week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, near Miami.
Heath Slocum has replaced Oosthuizen in the Honda Classic field.