Toms, Garrigus withdraw from Deere Classic

Toms, Garrigus withdraw from Deere Classic

David Toms won at Colonial in May.
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SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — David Toms and Robert Garrigus have withdrawn during the first round of the John Deere Classic because of injuries.

Toms stopped after nine holes with a hip problem, while Garrigus left the course after playing eight holes because of a back problem.

Toms is also out for next week’s British Open.

He will be replaced at Royal St. George’s by Simon Dyson of England. Thomas Bjorn, who took three shots from a bunker on the 16th hole at Royal St. George’s in 2003 that cost him the claret jug, is the next available alternate.

Toms, 44, said Wednesday that he was dealing with a bad hip and that it was hard work just to walk around the TPC John Deere.

Toms had been playing solid golf recently. He won the Colonial in May a week after losing to K.J. Choi in a playoff at The Players Championship, and is seventh in the FedEx standings and fifth on the money list.

Garrigus was added to the British Open field this week when Thomas Levet had to pull out because of a broken shin, an injury suffered when he jumped into a lake to celebrate his victory in the French Open last Sunday.

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