Louis Oosthuizen will take two months away from golf to let a series of injuries heal.
Oosthuizen had to withdraw from the U.S. Open and British Open because of injuries to his neck, back and hip. He will miss the Bridgestone Invitational this week and the PGA Championship next week at Oak Hill.
The 2010 British Open champion is treating the injuries with rest and strengthening exercises.
He hopes to return at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland at the end of September.
MAHAN WITHDRAWS: Hunter Mahan withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational to spend time at home with his newborn daughter.
Mahan had a two-shot lead in the Canadian Open heading into the third round when he learned his wife had gone into labor in Dallas. He withdrew from the tournament and flew home Saturday, and she gave birth to a girl the next day.
Mahan won the Bridgestone Invitational three years ago. He says he’ll miss the World Golf Championship event to spend what he calls “this precious first week” with their daughter, Zoe.
LAST CHANCE: The Women’s British Open is the final qualifying event for the Solheim Cup, which will be played Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside of Denver.
The top eight players qualify from the points list, and they virtually are a lock – Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Brittany Lang.
The only other players who could mathematically move into the top eight with a win are Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie.
Salas already is set to make her first Solheim Cup team through the world ranking. After the top eight, the next two Americans available in the women’s world ranking qualify.
PGA FIELD: Despite closing with 73 in the Canadian Open, David Hearn earned just enough money to move up one spot on the PGA Championship points list to be first alternate. That might be all it takes to get into the field next week at Oak Hill.
The PGA Championship’s field is holding open two spots in case the winners of the Reno-Tahoe Open and Bridgestone Invitational are not already exempt.
THE GOOD GUYS: Golf Digest came up with a unique survey for its September issue – its first ranking of the “Good Guys” on the PGA Tour.
Topping the list was Steve Stricker. The magazine put together criteria and surveyed a variety of people who could best answer the questions – tournament directors, locker room attendants, players, caddies, media, golf administrators and tournament volunteers.
The criteria included the players’ personal involvement in charity, being friendly to fans, gracious to the “little people” (drivers, attendants, volunteers), being nice when no one is looking, being good ambassadors for the sport, media friendly and keeping their entourages friendly.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Joe Durant, Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson.