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Rickie Fowler to sit out Korean Open and the CIMB Classic in Malaysia due to a back injury

Last Updated: 12/10/12 8:39am

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Rickie Fowler: Taking time off to recover from back injury

Rickie Fowler: Taking time off to recover from back injury

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American Rickie Fowler has been ruled out of the upcoming Korean Open and the CIMB Classic in Malaysia due to a back injury.

The injury is an untimely one for the world number 28, who won his first professional title at the co-sanctioned Korean and OneAsia Tour event 12 months ago by six shots from current world number one Rory McIlroy.

Fowler has played down the seriousness of the injury, which has denied Korean organisers of their headline act for the event which starts on October 18 at Woo Jeong Hills, Choongnam.

"Unfortunately, while not serious, I have battled a back issue for the past few months, and my doctors have instructed me that international travel and any tournament play is not in my best interest at this time," Fowler said in a statement on Friday.

"They have instructed me rather to focus on a therapy regime in order to find relief as well as prevent potential issues in the future.

"As you can imagine, I was very much looking forward to returning to Korea and defending my first professional victory."

Fowler's place in the elite 40-man field in Kuala Lumpur one week later will be taken by South Korea's Charlie Wi.

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