Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, citing tendinitis dating to last month’s Masters.
Kaufman tweeted he hopes to be able to compete in what would be his first start in The Players next week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
“Bummed to have to WD (withdraw),” Kaufman tweeted Tuesday. “Been dealing with lingering tendinitis in wrist since Augusta. Rest and rehab. Hope to play Players next week.”
Kaufman opened the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 4-under 68 last Thursday but missed the cut Friday after a second-round 81. Kaufman said at the time “I’ve been off with my swing” but didn’t elaborate.
Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October in Las Vegas in just his fifth career PGA Tour start. He ranks 11th in FedEx Cup points this season and 13th in earnings with $2.075 million.
Kaufman leaped onto golf’s front page in April when he played his way into the final paring at the Masters before tying for 29th with a Sunday 81.