Injury forces Casey to withdraw from US Open
Shoulder problem allows teenage qualifier Zhang in
PAUL Casey has been forced to withdraw from the US Open through injury, with 14-year-old Andy Zhang taking his place in San Francisco.
Having hoped he was over the shoulder dislocation he suffered snowboarding at Christmas, England’s former world No3 is not yet fit for the rigours of a Major.
That led to a call for China-born, Florida-based prodigy Zhang – the youngest player in the tournament since World War 2 – who narrowly missed out on qualifying in a play-off.
“You’re always disappointed to miss time due to injury, but it’s especially true when you have to withdraw from the US Open,” said Casey.
“I’ve been trying to play my way back and feel I probably came back too soon originally.
“It’s affecting my ability right now to be ready for the test of a Major.”
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