Jason Dufner Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Neck and Recovery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 15:  Jason Dufner of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 15, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Jason Dufner has withdrawn from the PGA championship, according to PGA TOUR's Twitter account:

Eye on Golf provides a vine of his forfeiture: 

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An up-and-down season for Jason Dufner has just gotten worse, as he was diagnosed with two bulging discs in his neck. 

Brian Wacker of PGATour.com reports the 37-year-old golfer underwent an MRI on Friday after feeling pain that dated back to the Masters. Dufner received a shot to clear up the inflammation but explained, "It makes it pretty tough. Lack of sleep, lack of motion, lack of strength, a lot of different issues when you're dealing with your neck."   

As Jeremy Schilling of PGA Magazine points out, this injury has affected Dufner's performance:

Dufner has not won a single tournament in 2014 and has only totaled four top-10 finishes in 15 starts. He has especially struggled at majors, as he missed the cut at both the Masters and the U.S. Open. While he reached the weekend at the British Open, he only managed to finish tied for 51st.

This is a far cry from the player who tied for fourth in the 2013 U.S. Open and won the 2013 PGA Championship with a score of 10-under.

While Dufner will still hope to defend his title, the recent injury could continue to cause problems for the foreseeable future. He will also have a hard time competing at the FedEx Cup tournaments after falling down the list over the course of the season.

Hopefully, the veteran player will be able to recover from the issue before too long and get back to being a regular contender at major championships.