Ailing back knocks Lovemark out of Pebble

Lovemark shot an 11-over 81 in the first round before withdrawing due to injury.
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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Jamie Lovemark has withdrawn from the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a back injury that will keep him out of Riviera next week.

A spokesman for Lovemark says he withdrew Thursday night after opening with an 81. Dave Haggith at IMG says Lovemark intends to have doctors look at his back as a precaution.

Lovemark won the Nationwide Tour money list last year. He had made only one cut in four starts on the PGA Tour, when he tied for 58th at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines two weeks ago.

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