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PGA Tour Injury Report: From Scottie Scheffler to Will Zalatoris, 5 Aching Players at the 2024 Houston Open

Published 03/25/2024, 11:11 PM EDT

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The 2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open has a number of recovering players. Scottie Scheffler, undoubtedly the biggest name headlining the Memorial Park Golf Course, was himself struggling with a neck injury just weeks ago. But aside from the 27-year-old, 16 others are either battling with some kind of health problem or recovering from previous injuries.

The $9.1 million purse event, the first of the Tour’s two stopovers in Texas, will kick off on March 28. Ahead of the event, here are five big names who are struggling with injuries.

Scottie Scheffler

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The reigning No. 1 was struggling with a neck injury at the PLAYERS Championship. Scottie Scheffler was taking a massage from an on-course physio at the second round. The 27-year-old went on to defend his title, a first in TPC Sawgrass history; the neck problem troubled him in the final round as well. The eight-time PGA Tour winner admitted he was “slapping it around,” trying to put less pressure on his neck. Scheffler hasn’t played in the Valspar Championship.

Garrick Higgo

Higgo withdrew from the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship with a wrist injury. The South African also had to pull out of the Valspar Championship last week because of a wrist problem as well. It is not clear if the 24-year-old has fully recovered. The Golf Injury Report puts his status as ‘probable’ to finish the event.

Will Zalatoris

Zalators came back to the Tour after eight months of absence. The 27-year-old went through surgery after last year’s Masters. Zalatoris, a hotshot last year, has to regain his best form. The PGA Tour winner had two top-fives this season but missed the cut at THE PLAYERS. He is beduting at the 2024 Houston Open, however, the Golf Injury Report puts him on the list of ‘probable’ to finish the event, considering his previous troubles with his back.

Jason Day

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Jason Day had multiple problems throughout his career. The former World No. 1 had troubles with sinuses, for which he had to undergo surgery. But Day also has vertigo. The Aussie was tied for the 39th spot in last year’s Masters while suffering from vertigo in the final round. “It really kicked my butt at Augusta,” Day said last year. The 13-time PGA Tour winner was tied for the 35th spot at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Daniel Berger

Berger had to take a 19-month break due to a back injury. The four-time PGA Tour winner has had six starts this season, but only twice could he make the cut. “I was in pain all the time,Berger told media persons earlier, recounting his past struggles. The 30-year-old will be on the watch as he continues to recover from a near-two-year slump.

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Aside from them, Padraig Harrington, who recently won the 2024 Hoag Classic at the PGA Tour Champions, is battling with knee and ankle problems. Jimmy Walker, who withdrew from the Puerto Rico Open, is another name for someone who is ‘questionable’ to finish the event. A total of 17 players are dealing with injuries or are still in the comeback phase.

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Parnab Bhattacharya

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Parnab Bhattacharya is a Beat Writer at EssentiallySports in the Golf Division. With four years of writing experience, he is now exploring his deep-rooted love for the gentleman’s sport. Parnab's area of expertise is his predictive and perspective pieces, where he explores all things golf, diving deep into the whys and whats behind players' and Tours' moves in the sport, and unflinchingly voicing his take.
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Sheldon Pereira

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