Written by By Valerie Ford, CNN
Ahead of the Phoenix Open, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour told CNN on Thursday that the PGA Tour player and WGC-Mexico Championship winner, Harris English, is “out for a few weeks with a right shoulder injury.”
Early Sunday morning, English tweeted, “Spoke to doctor.” Two hours later, he described in a later tweet that he had “still a lot of swelling.”
The 27-year-old posted a picture of his shoulder showing a large abrasion from an apparent whiplash injury.
English won the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship last month, followed by runner-up place to Ryan Armour at the Honda Classic this past weekend. The tournament was due to begin on Tuesday.
Paired with Matt Kuchar for the Pro-Am on Wednesday, English shared a group of 11 golfers on seven under par.
“It’s a shame,” Kuchar said about English’s injury. “Harris is such a nice kid. We have lots of fun playing golf together. It would be nice to see him out here this week.”
Harris English will not compete in the Phoenix Open. Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/Associated Press
‘It’s an unlucky thing’
According to the PGA Tour, this is the first time a winner of one of its events has been ruled out through injury.
Earlier in the year, English said he expected to be at golf’s majors this year.
“I feel like I would have been ready by the time I was ready, if I needed to be ready for some of them,” he said.
His recovery from an arm injury meant English had not entered the Masters or British Open for the second consecutive year.
The Australian PGA, a major on the men’s tour, is usually held in late September and October, while the Northern Trust, the fourth FedEx Cup playoff event of the season, takes place in early September.
The US PGA Championship, the last of the majors, is held in early August.
“It’s an unlucky thing,” English told the Associated Press of his injury before the Honda Classic. “The sooner I can get it sorted the better.”