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Tiger Woods led the list of players most likely to withdraw from the PGA Championship given his misstep at the Bridgestone Invitational, but instead, two other U.S. players with problems to their central nervous system got scratched after starting the day.
Matt Kuchar was the earliest withdrawal, citing back spasms. Kuchar, while not a household name, is ranked No. 6 in the world. His withdrawal may be more serious than it seems. Golfweek's Jim McCabe and Alex Miceli wrote:
It’s just the third WD of Kuchar’s PGA Tour career and the first since he had to stop playing after 36 holes of the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was notable, too, because Kuchar, 36, is one of the Tour’s most consistent performers; he had played 72 holes in seven consecutive majors, not having missed a cut since the 2012 PGA at Kiawah Island.
Simply put, Kuchar endures tournaments, so this could be the sign of something more serious.
On top of that, Jason Dufner, last year’s PGA Championship winner, withdrew due to not one but two pains in the neck that turned out to be bulging discs. Not good.
“I'm probably not going to be healthy until I can take six to eight weeks off," said Dufner to Kyle Porter of CBSSports.com. “Not sure when that's going to be. But I'll get through it.”
And Porter said it best: “Viva the Ryder Cup!”
Dufner is out. Woods and Kuchar could be out.
The Ryder Cup is dead! Long live the Ryder Cup?