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RBC Canadian Open Round 2

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:11:54

I'm very disappointed about having to withdraw from the RBC Canadian Open, our national championship, after feeling some pain in my elbow. Of course it's the same elbow I injured a year ago and after having to miss three months in rehab, I am not going to risk anything more this time around.

Coming into the tournament, I'd been working quite hard and when I got here to Shaughnessy and had to deal with the long rough, it was tough.

When I played in the pro-am on Wednesday I could feel it start to get sore and yesterday, the very first shot I hit, there was some pain. There were a number of tough shots from the rough that aggravated it, especially my shot on the ninth -- that was a brutal one.

When I woke up on Friday morning, I knew I was in trouble. I thought I might be able to play through the pain, but I had a couple of shots in the rough and I could tell that wasn't going to happen. Even warming up, I had a tough time hitting the ground. I could tell I was starting to favour it and it wasn't just with my wedges, but even my drivers. I couldn't even open a bottle of water, it was so sore and weak. The pain just started to get progressively worse and that's when I knew I had to stop playing.

Obviously I'm very disappointed but I'm not going down that road again. Last year, I played through the pain and probably did more harm than good. I was off for the better part of four months so I don't want to do something stupid and have that happen again.

As a result, I'm not sure when I'll play again. I'll head home and see my doctor and probably get another MRI to determine the extent of the injury. I'm hoping I haven't done any serious damage to my elbow and that just some rest will help it along.

There probably isn't a worse tournament to have to miss than this one. It's my 21st time playing in the RBC Canadian Open and I love this more than any other stop we play. The fan support here all week was just amazing and I'm sorry I won't be able to continue playing. Vancouver golf fans are tremendous. They've supported me over my entire career, from when I won here on the Canadian Tour to my first PGA Tour win at the Air Canada Championship to the Opens we've played here. I know there is not only a great lineup of Canadians playing this week but also some wonderful international stars that will make this another great event.

As always, thanks for your support.