Sunday, Oct 26, 2014Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
 

Golf: Defending champion Dufner withdraws from PGA

Published on Aug 8, 2014 5:31 AM
 
Jason Dufner of the US watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 7, 2014. He withdrew from the 96th PGA Championship after only 10 holes of his opening round Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOUISVILLE (AFP) - Defending champion Jason Dufner, who has been battling a nagging neck injury, withdrew from the 96th PGA Championship after only 10 holes of his opening round Thursday.

The 37-year-old American who outdueled Jim Furyk in last year's final round at Oak Hill to win his first major title was eight-over par through 10 holes when he decided to pull out.

Dufner, who stands in position to qualify for the US Ryder Cup team, had been troubled by bulging neck discs that limited his head and shoulder mobility.

After starting with a double bogey and following with bogeys at the second and third holes, Dufner took a bogey at the sixth and endured a triple-bogey nightmare at the par-5 10th that pushed him to walk off the course.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos