European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has been forced to withdraw from next week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky due to injury.
The 47 year old Irishman has been battling a bout of bursitis in his left shoulder, an injury which forced him to miss the Alstom Open de France at the beginning of this month and one which he undertook a scan of during the following week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
“The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months if I am to address the injury properly and so, because of that, I have regrettably had to withdraw from the US PGA Championship,” said McGinley, who was given an invitation to compete by the PGA of America.
“It’s a pity because I would have loved to have teed up at Valhalla but I assessed the situation over the past couple of weeks during my family holiday and I think this is the sensible decision.
“It’s not just during the week of the tournament itself that is the problem, it is the fact that the injury also hampers my normal preparation for events and you do not want to be going into any tournament – far less a Major Championship – not properly prepared.”
McGinley will still travel to Louisville to be part of the commentary team during the week for Sky Sports, and will also undertake a scheduled media centre interview – as part of the build-up to The Ryder Cup – on the afternoon of Wednesday August 6.