Date: December 02, 2008
Author: Rob Forsaith, Sportal

Scott withdraws from PGA

Adam Scott has been forced to withdraw from this week&aposs Australian PGA Championship in Coolum after injuring his knee while swimming. Scott, ranked No.17 in the world, twisted his right knee while coming out of the surf on Sunday and took the precautionary step to withdraw from the $1.5 million tournament. Scott&aposs manager Justin Cohen said the Queenslander was disappointed to be missing the tournament but was confident Scott would be fit for next week&aposs Australian Open in Sydney. “He had gone for a swim, was coming out of the surf and as you do, you go for a body surf,” Cohen said. “He got up and was making his way in the shallows and he&aposs just twisted his knee a little bit.” “It&aposs purely precautionary and we fully expect him to be ready to go for next week.” The results of MRI scans on the knee are yet to return, but Cohen was in no doubt that Scott would be a starter for the Australian Open. “I&aposm confident there is nothing wrong with it,” he said. “It&aposs happened in the past and he knows how to deal with it, and I can&apost stress enough that it is all very minor, purely precautionary for this week.” Scott&aposs place in the Australian PGA will be taken by New Zealander Andrew Searle. A number of Scott&aposs would-be competitors wished him a speedy recovery on Tuesday. Compatriot Geoff Ogilvy felt for Scott after the latest in a string of injury and illness setbacks this year. “It&aposs a shame for him, he&aposs had a tough year, he had an unlucky hand injury before the US Open, he&aposs had his knee now, he&aposs had a bad flu or tonsillitis-type thing two or three times leading up to big tournaments which is frustrating,” Ogilvy said. “The US Open he played with a broken hand and actually finished top 20 he played quiet well, he was only holding onto the club with three fingers on one of his hands.” “He&aposs had a rough year hopefully it&aposs only minor and he&aposs back for next week and also back long term, you don&apost want to see him do any long term damage.”