Charl Schwartzel withdraws from pro-am after hit by amateur's shot


Published 1:42 p.m. ET March 8, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago


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Charl Schwartzel, defending champion of this week’s Valspar Championship, was hit in the wrist by a playing partner’s shot that ricocheted off a tree during Wednesday’s pro-am, according to reports.

He went on to play nine more holes before withdrawing from the pro-am in Palm Harbor, Fla. One of the amateurs in his group hit the shot that struck him.

“I’ve played golf for 28 years now and I’ve never been hit by a golf ball, until this morning,” Schwartzel said, according to the Golf Channel. “It was a bit of a fluke. Really bad luck.”

Schwartzel, who is 28th in the world golf rankings, says he expects to play in Thursday’s first round.

“I never pulled out of a tournament with an injury after I’ve started. I’m planning on…

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