After a last minute withdrawal from the field last week at the John Deere Classic, Daniel Berger announced on Twitter Friday he would not play next week at the fourth and final major championship of the season – The Open at St. Andrews. It’s a notable player removed from The Open odds, considering his low ball flight and propensity to play well in wind.
Berger had been a top-30 consideration on the odds board, around 50-1 to hoist the Claret Jug, but now an intriguing young player gets a spot in the field.
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Daniel Berger Continues To Deal With Injuries
Berger, who is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, has been struggling with various back injuries for the majority of the 2022 season and had hoped that his absence from both TPC Deere Run, and the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, would enable him to be ready to play next week at the 150th edition of The Open Championship.
In addition to his absence from the field in recent weeks, Berger’s back pain has resulted in him being sidelined from a number of other events this season, including the Mexico Open which took place in late May, and also February’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am where he elected to not defend his 2021 title on Monterey Peninsula’s three premier courses.
Berger has attributed a great deal of his back pain to a sacroiliac joint sprain near his lower spine, which has caused significant pain to his lower back area, exasperated when driving the golf ball.
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With Berger’s decision to withdraw from the Open Championship field, he replaced him with the world’s No. 62 ranked player, Sahith Theegala. Theegala is having an extremely impressive rookie season, having posted three top-five finishes, most notably a second-place finish at the Travelers Championship in June after a double bogey on 18 gave Xander Schauffele the victory.
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