CASARES, Spain (AP) - England's Paul Casey withdrew from the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday because of a right shoulder injury, and Sweden Robert Karlsson took his spot in the 24-man field in the European Tour event that begins Thursday at Finca Cortesin.
Casey withdrew from The Players Championship in Florida on Thursday after shooting a 42 on the front nine in the first round. He dislocated the shoulder snowboarding over the holidays.
``Unfortunately, despite having had intensive treatment since last Thursday, I have been advised not to play,'' Casey said. ``I am absolutely gutted as it is one of my favorite events and I was really looking forward to a week of match play to kick-start my season. I am very sorry to miss out.''
Karlsson tied for 56th on Sunday in The Players Championship.
``I am absolutely thrilled to receive this invitation and will head over to Spain tonight to prepare,'' Karlsson said. ``I have only qualified once before, so this is a great opportunity for me, especially in a Ryder Cup year. I am really excited about the week ahead.''