Yet another player bites the dust. It was announced this morning that Japan’s Shingo Katayama withdrew from the U.S. Open because of an injury to his back. He’s the fourth player to pull out.
Last Friday, Robert Karlsson was the first to withdraw – he’s suffering from an eye injury. Over the weekend, Dudley Hart and Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters Champion, both W/D as well.
Shingo was replaced by teen David Erdy, making him the 15th amateur in the field – the most who have played in the U.S. Open since 1981.
It’s unfortunate that these guys had to pull out, and best wishes to quick recoveries. But, it’s a great opportunity for the alternates to play in the championship. I bet they’re feeling pretty lucky right now.
I think it’s fantastic that so many amateurs will be in the field this year. Sure, you can say it weakens the depth of the field and it does, but it’s also providing guys with the chance of a lifetime. Wouldn’t Bobby Jones be proud?
We’ll see a range of the world’s best from the Tigers and the Phils to the best college players and amateurs take on Bethpage Black.