In a week where Aussie Steven Bowditch has a 3 shot lead going into Sunday, a more curious situation has risen over the course of the first 3 days. With Phil Mickelson pulling out yesterday, there are now a total of 7 withdrawals. Doing a quick, nonscientific count of withdrawals from the past few weeks, the totals are 4 from the API, 2 from the Valspar, 1 from the WGC Cadillac, 1 from Puerto Rico (held the same week as the Cadillac) and 3 from the Honda Classic (that included Tiger).
Because of this relative oddity, we’re going to go through each of the players who withdrew to make sure that Valero hasn’t actually poisoned the water down in Texas.
At first search, not much came up about this 45 year old veteran. His twitter account comes up comically empty with no profile picture and with his last tweet just being a hashtag. Luckily, his wikipedia page had a little information about him having spinal fusion surgery in 2010 and mentions that he has been trying to get back on tour using medical exemptions. Taking a quick look at the handy PGA Tour exemption list, Mr. Hart is listed in the medical exemption list. So without knowing for sure, I’m pretty confident that Hart’s back just wasn’t holding up.
Next on the list is Ricky “I swing like a barn door” Barnes. Luckily, he has a twitter account that he updates with actual information.[tweet https://twitter.com/RealRickyBarnes/status/449704321853050880]