Monday 18 December 2017


Shoulder injury puts Dubliner out of Valhalla

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has withdrawn from the USPGA Championship due to a shoulder injury.

The 47-year-old missed the Alstom Open de France at the beginning of July as a bout of bursitis affected the mobility in his left shoulder and the condition has ruled him out of next week's major tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.

The Dubliner undertook a scan during the Scottish Open and a period of rest has now been prescribed.

McGinley said: "The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months if I am to address the injury properly and so, because of that, I have regrettably had to withdraw from the USPGA Championship.

"It's a pity because I would have loved to have teed up at Valhalla but I assessed the situation over the past couple of weeks during my family holiday and I think this is the sensible decision.

"It's not just during the week of the tournament itself that is the problem, it is the fact that the injury also hampers my normal preparation for events and you do not want to be going into any tournament - far less a major championship - not properly prepared."

Meanwhile, former Walker Cup player Arthur Pierse, 63, struck a blow for the veterans when he beat Cork's interprovincial player John Hickey to reach the last 16 of the Clare Coast Hotels-sponsored South of Ireland Amateur Open at Lahinch.

Pierse went one up when Hickey three-putted the 16th and then got up and down from sand at the 17th and 18th, holing from three feet and four and a half feet respectively to clinch a fourth round meeting with Naas' Conor O'Rourke.

O'Rourke made short work of Greg Mungovan, winning 6 and 4.

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