Injury has forced the withdrawal of Scotsman Paul Lawrie from both the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.
The 1999 Open winner, Lawrie was planning to return to Australia following a limited season on the European Tour due to ongoing back problems.
Lawrie said he was hugely disappointed to have to withdraw from two of Australia’s main drawcards in the summer of golf.
“I have struggled with an ongoing back problem this season, which on numerous occasions has resulted in me having to withdraw from some European Tour events,” Lawrie said.
“Unfortunately in the past week my back has flared up again and, after undergoing some intense physio in the hope of making a full recovery, I have been advised by medical professionals to take some time off.
“I was really looking forward to playing tournament golf in Australia again, having been there a few months ago for some corporate days for one of my partners. I have heard so many positive things about the event, and I wish the PGA of Australia a successful week. I hope to be able to play and experience it for myself in the near future.”
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, said: “It is disappointing to not have Paul attending the tournament due to injury. We wish him all the best with his recovery and we hope to see him down in Australia at the PGA Championship soon.”
Emirates Australian Open championship director Trevor Herden said: “It’s unfortunate, but as his back has flared up, we understand completely. We hope he returns to full fitness as soon as possible and look forward to seeing him in Australia next year.”