Joost Luiten was one of the last men to qualify for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but he’s the first one out of the tournament after withdrawing because of a wrist injury.
Luiten, who won the European Tour’s Oman Open in February, posted on Instagram about his withdrawal and also wrote a lengthy explanation in Dutch on his website.
“Very disappointed to say that I have to withdraw from the WGC Dell Match Play because of a wrist injury,” Luiten wrote. “Gutted because I love playing match play! I will be back strong.”
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Luiten explained that the injury is on his left wrist, which was previously operated on in 2010. The exact cause is unknown, but he started to experience pain while at home in the Netherlands the week before the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Luiten went on to play in Mexico City, finishing T-37, and he tied for ninth the following week at the Hero Indian Open. But his wrist pain continued to increase, and when it didn’t respond to treatment over the weekend he decided to withdraw.
Luiten will now be replaced in the field by world No. 72 Julian Suri. Bill Haas is now first alternate, while Brandt Snedeker is second alternate.
Golf Channel will air a live selection show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET Monday to determine the four-player pods in Austin, with round-robin matches beginning Wednesday.