South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen had to withdraw from the British Open at Muirfield on Thursday, citing a nagging neck injury as the cause. Oosthuizen stopped his round after completing eight holes.
Oosthuizen has had to withdraw from tournaments due to injury two other times this year, including at the US Open (where he managed to complete his opening round).
Oosthuizen, speaking to the media afterwards, was clearly disappointed with situation (via Reuters):
I’m bitterly disappointed to have to pull out of the Open and it looks likely now I am going to have to take some time off and give my neck the rest I’ve been told it needs
I thought I would be okay today as I warmed up pretty well on the range hitting balls. But then as the round progressed the pain in my neck translated into my hips and I just found it increasingly uncomfortable to walk.
The Open means so much to me and to have to withdraw in this manner is extremely disappointing on top of also having to pull out of (the U.S. Open at) Merion.
Oosthuizen was four over par at the time.