BMW PGA Championship: Sergio Garcia pulls out after first round with injured knee
Sergio Garcia has withdrawn from the PGA Championship at Wentworth because of a knee injury, following a first day 73.
Last Updated: 22/05/14 3:58pm
The 34-year-old Spaniard, who posted a one-over-par 73, is struggling with a knee injury and will be hoping he can recover in time for next month's US Open at Pinehurst.
Garcia had teed-off on the back of some excellent form during the last seven months which has seen him win two titles and another three top-three finishes.
On day one at the West Course, Garcia posted 15 pars, two bogeys and a single birdie at the 18th.
Garcia said: "Unfortunately, it's the same thing that happened on Sunday at the Spanish Open.
"It felt better, I guess from resting it on Monday and Tuesday but I think from walking on it and going up and down hills today it's been pinching.
"With the US Open coming up, I don't want it to get worse. I'll go to the physio in Spain and see what he says.
"I'm sure I'm going to have to take some anti-inflammatories. Will probably have to do a little bit of work on it I'm guessing but I don't know exactly.
"I had an MRI done on Monday morning. They checked it out and said it was a small edema on the kneecap.
"I was hoping I was going to be able to feel fine throughout the week. But the way I felt on the last four holes - I didn't feel good at all."
His playing partners, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, carded 68 and 72 respectively.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was leading the way following a record-breaking 62 on a day interrupted by inclement weather.
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