Due to an injured finger that required 12 stitches, Geoff Ogilvy has pulled out of the PGA Tour season opener at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. He tweeted on Thursday morning, “Unfortunately I have had to withdraw. A picture of the offending finger.” Here’s the photo (yuck and ouch!):
The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman tweeted that Ogilvy can’t take a practice swing and will also withdraw from the Sony Open. The earliest he’ll be back in action is in San Diego at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Ogilvy will collect last-place unofficial money (without teeing off). I’m told this amount is closer to $54,000, not the $70,000 that’s been previously reported. He didn’t need to hit his opening drive because he can collect unofficial money as long as he “wants” to play.
Tiger Woods took home unofficial money when he qualified in 2008, but was unable to play due to injury.
Update (2:15pm local time):
Statement from Geoff Ogilvy
Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw from this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions following a cut to my right index finger which I sustained late on Monday afternoon.
I tripped in shallow water and grazed my finger on some reef. The cut required 12 stitches and it causes discomfort to bend or place any pressure on it. I do not feel as though I can make a full swing without making some compensation to both my grip and to the way in which I would normally swing the golf club. Therefore I do not believe that I can play anywhere near to my full capabilities and would not be doing justice to the event by competing. I am most disappointed to have to withdraw as the defending champion.
Further, I have been very pleased with my recent form and was very much looking forward to playing one of my favorite events at such a wonderful venue.
Again, I regret that I will not be competing and I wish Hyundai and the organisers every success for the week.