U.S. PGA Tampa Bay champs: Els out with sore right hip

2013-03-13 00:00

UFLORIDA — Reigning British Open champion Ernie Els (43) said yesterday he has withdrawn from this week’s $5,5 million (R50,43 million) U.S. PGA Tampa Bay Championship because of nagging soreness in his right hip.

The South African said in a blog posting on the PGA website that his only outing of the week will be a trip to Augusta National for a “gentle walk” around the Masters course ahead of next month’s first major of the year.

“Other than that I’ll have to pretty much rest-up for most of this week. Doctor’s orders, as they say,” Els said.

Els failed to qualify for last year’s Masters, but ensured his return by capturing the British Open after a collapse down the stretch by Australian Adam Scott.

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