Immelman withdraws from Players Championship with illness

Immelman withdraws from Players Championship with illness

Immelman appeared focused while practicing Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass.
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Masters champion Trevor Immelman withdrew from the Players Championship Thursday morning because of an upset stomach. According to a press release from the PGA Tour, the 28-year-old South African was vomiting after he woke up this morning. He has returned to his home in Orlando.

Jon Wagner, Immelman’s agent from IMG, said, “Trevor is certainly disappointed with the timing of this illness, as the Players Championship is a tournament that he and all players look forward to each year.

“His main focus now though is to use this time that he had previously scheduled off to get well and to prepare himself for his next event.”

On Wednesday, Immelman said he was looking forward to taking two weeks off after the Players Championship. “It’s going to be nice to get home and just decompress,” he said. “It’s been real interesting, because after I won, I think it was just going from such a huge high to, you know, coming down, and then having to deal with everything that I had to deal with. I had no clue what to expect.”

Immelman also said that he has not played as well as he would have liked since leaving Augusta. “My game has kind of gone sideways since then, too, so that’s been a little disappointing.”

When asked why he had chosen to compete at the Players instead of starting his break this week, he said, “This is a huge tournament, and this tournament is important to us as players and as the PGA Tour, and I think it’s important for us to try and get the strongest field possible to this event.”

While the field is still strong, it is now missing the winners of the last two major championships. Immelman, this year’s Masters champ; and Tiger Woods, who is recovering from knee surgery and won the PGA Championship, the last major of 2007.