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Honda Classic loses its highest-ranked player

Daniel Berger, who ranks No. 15 in world, withdraws from PGA Tour event 1 day after he pulled out of pro-am with an ailing rib

Withdrew: Daniel Berger, from this week’s Honda Classic, citing an injured rib, the PGA Tour announced Wednesday. He had pulled out of the nine-hole pro-am, complaining about an ailing rib that he said has been bothering him for two weeks. At No. 15 in the world, Berger had been the highest-ranked player in a field that now will feature only five of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. His exit leaves No. 18 Sungjae Im of South Korea, the defending champion, as the highest-ranked player who will be competing at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. England’s Lee Westwood (ranked No. 19), Australia’s Adam Scott (25), Chile’s Joaquin Niemann (29) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (40) are the only other players among the world’s top 50 who will be competing. The Honda Classic would have been a home game for Berger, 27, who lives in nearby Jupiter and grew up in Palm Beach County. Now, he joins some prominent local residents on the sideline, all with various ailments: Tiger Woods (broken right leg from a Feb. 23 vehicle rollover crash), Brooks Koepka (strained right knee) and Gary Woodland (tested positive for COVID-19). Berger won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last month for his fourth PGA Tour victory. He was replaced in the Honda field by Australian Rhein Gibson. For updated tee times, click here.

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