Honda Classic: Louis Oosthuizen forced to pull out with recurrence of back injury

Last Updated: 27/02/14 6:49am

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Louis Oosthuizen: Will miss the Honda Classic due to a back injury

Louis Oosthuizen: Will miss the Honda Classic due to a back injury

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Louis Oosthuizen has joined Justin Rose in withdrawing from this week's Honda Classic due to injury.

The South African has gone down with a recurrence of the back problem that has dogged him for several months.

It originally became an issue at last year's Open Championship when he was forced to pull out midway through the first round at Muirfield.

Oosthuizen looked in decent form at last week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as he beat Nick Watney, Henrik Stenson and Webb Simpson to reach the quarter-finals before going down 2&1 to eventual champion Jason Day.

However, after that defeat to day he revealed his back complaint had flared up again, stating: "If I can commit myself to hit the shot it's not that bad, but I can't commit. My body is restricting me to go through the shot."

Oosthuizen has now returned to his home in Florida and will rest up for the next week in a bid to be ready to compete at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

The 31-year-old joins the likes of Rose, Scott Piercy and Brian Gay in pulling out of this week's event at PGA National in Palm Beach and will be replaced in the field by Heath Slocum.

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