Sergio Garcia withdrew from the BMW Championship yesterday citing a knee injury, the same one which troubled him at the Open de Espana.
“Unfortunately it’s same thing that happened on Sunday at the Spanish Open,” said Garcia. “It felt better I guess from resting it Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday it felt okay but I think from walking on it and going down and up and down the hills, it's just been pinching more than anything.”
When asked the specifics of the injury, Sergio answered. “I have an edema on the kneecap. So I guess it just tightens up as I go.
“I had an MRI done on Monday morning. They checked it out and they said it was obviously a small edema on the kneecap.”
Sergio seemed in good spirits heading into his opening round and gave no indication his knee was troubling him.
His official website seemed positive heading Wentworth as well, declaring the Spaniard had made a ‘full recovery’, and claiming: “Sergio Garcia has left behind the pain he was feeling in his left knee and he will play the BMW PGA Championship.”
However it became clear the problem was worse he initially feared.
“It kind of felt better on Monday and Tuesday and I thought I was going to be able to continue,” said Sergio Garcia afterwards.
“I was hoping I was going to feel fine throughout the week, but the way I felt more than anything on the last four holes, I didn't feel good at all.”
Will Sergio Garcia be ready for the US Open?
Attentions now turn to whether Sergio Garcia will feature in the US Open at Pinehurst, June 5.
“Well, the problem is, to play thinking about it with the U.S. Open coming up,” said Sergio. “If I'm not rested, I don't want it to get worse.”
Sergio Garcia has played in every US Open since his debut in 2000, and ironically his best finish came at Pinehurst in 2005 - where he tied for third - the venue of this year’s championship.
It was expected that the Spaniard wouldn’t play in any events prior to the US Open, but now serious questions are being asked about his preparation leading up to the event, and whether he will be competing at all.