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Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has ruled himself out of the US PGA Championship due to his troublesome neck, back and hip injuries.
Oosthuizen’s fitness issues have been plaguing him for some time and he was forced to abandon his challenge at the US Open due to a hip complaint.
The South African, who triumphed at The Open in 2010, was again unable to complete the event this year at Muirfield ? withdrawing after eight holes due to reported neck and hamstring issues -and he has now admitted the next major, which is staged at Oak Hill in August, is also now out of reach for him.
The 30-year-old says he needs another two months to recover from the problems, meaning he will also miss the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio this week before the US PGA.
Oosthuizen said in a statement: “It is obviously very disappointing to miss out on playing in such prestigious tournaments. But these are injuries that I have been managing for most of the season.
“It is important that I now give myself the proper time to recover.”
Oosthuizen, who lost a play-off to Bubba Watson at the Masters last year, has tentatively targeted making a return to action in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews in late September.