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Still bothered by knee, Glover pulls out of Sony Open

January 12, 2012
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Lucas Glover is leaving Hawaii without hitting a single shot in competition.

Glover limped from the practice range back to his hotel room Wednesday after withdrawing from the Sony Open with a sprained right knee that still is not strong enough for him to play golf.

"It's getting better," Glover said. "But I'm not going to risk making it worse."

The former U.S. Open champion sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee on Dec. 31 during a paddleboarding accident upon arriving on Maui for the PGA Tour's season opener at the Kapalua Plantation Course. His foot caught the side of the board as he fell into the water, sending his body one direction and his knee the other.

Glover withdrew from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but thought he might be able to play the Sony Open because Waialae Country Club is relatively flat and easier to walk.

He hit three wedges and a 9-iron on the range before his pro-am before deciding to withdraw.

"It was a long shot, but I was here and I wanted to try if I could," he said.



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