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Major winner pulls out of Sony Open with injury

Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover has left Hawaii without hitting a competitive shot at the Sony Open in Honolulu’s Waialae Country Club.

Glover limped from the practice range back to his hotel room Wednesday after withdrawing from the tournament with a sprained right knee that still is not strong enough for him to play golf.

“It's getting better,'' Glover said.  “But I'm not going to risk making it worse.'

The South Carolina-native sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee on December 13 during a free paddle boarding accident in Maui, forcing him to withdraw from the Tournament of Champions PGA opener.

He hit three wedges and a 9-iron on the range before his pro-am before deciding to withdraw.

“It was a long shot, but I was here and I wanted to try if I could,'' he said.
Glover doesn't believe the injury is more than a mild sprain, “it's just taking a little longer to heal.'   

Most well-known for his U.S. Open win in 2009, the injury comes at a particularly inopportune time for Glover, who has since dropped down the rankings and currently lies at No. 71.

If the injury does not worsen, the 32-year-old expects to be in San Diego in two weeks for the Northern Trust Open at Torrey Pines.

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