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Trevor Immelman now hopes to return to action at the Canadian Open. (Lecka/Getty Images)

Notebook: Immelman withdraws with nagging wrist injury

Trevor Immelman has pulled out of the Open next week because the wrist injury that kept him out of the U.S. Open has been slow to heal. Robert Karlsson is also out, but Ryo Ishikawa will play.

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Trevor Immelman has withdrawn from the Open next week at Turnberry because of a wrist injury that has been slow to heal.

Immelman, a former Masters champion, also had to withdraw from the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black because of the injury, which he sustained at the Memorial.

Immelman said Wednesday he hopes to return at the Canadian Open, a week after the British Open.

“My wrist injury has been responding well to treatment, but at this point, it just isn’t far enough along to allow me to be ready for the Open,” he said. “As disappointing as it will be to not be there, I have to continue doing what’s right for my long-term health.”

ISHIKAWA HOPING TO MAKE CUT: Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa has acknowledged that being a title contender in the upcoming Open Championship, or any other major, is beyond him at this early stage of his career.

“I may have to face my worst score ever. I may easily go double-digit over par,” the 17-year-old Ishikawa said at a press conference before departing for Turnberry.

Ishikawa missed the cut this year at the Masters, where he was given a special invitation. He also has received an invitation to the PGA Championship in August at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

“Majors are still out of my league, but I feel a little more relaxed than last time,” Ishikawa said. “I’d like to be on the course as long as possible, so I hope to make the cut and play all four days of the tournament.”

Ishikawa qualified for the Open by winning the Japan tour’s Mizuno Open last month for the third victory of his career. He became the youngest winner of a sanctioned tour when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup two years ago at age 15.

EYE ISSUE FORCES KARLSSON OUT: Last year's European No. 1 Robert Karlsson will miss next week's Open Championship because of his left eye problem.

The 39-year-old Ryder Cup star, who tied for seventh at Royal Birkdale last summer, has not played since the European Open at the end of May.

The injury has been affecting his balance as well as his vision. It was originally thought to be an inner ear infection, but then Karlsson was discovered to have fluid behind his retina.

He has been told it could take four to six months to clear up, but having started to suffer early this year the Swede had been hopeful he might recover in time for Turnberry.

"Apparently it's quite common for men between the ages of 25 and 50 with stressful jobs," Karlsson said. "There's never a good time for these things to happen, but I'm just looking forward to getting through it and getting back to playing.

"When that is, though, I just don't know. I'm taking it week by week,” he explained. "If I had a normal job, it would not be a problem -- I'd just take things a bit easy.

"I don't feel bad at all, which is a bit annoying and frustrating, and my doctor has said that if I have to play I could, but if I did it would most likely take longer to get through this,” he said. "So for the moment I'm taking a couple of eye drops and some vitamins.

"My depth vision had gone and where I noticed it most was with chip shots and bunker shots. When the ball was up in the air, I just couldn't judge how far it was going,” he explained. "I also couldn't tell whether trees were 150 yards away or 200 and I couldn't read a newspaper with my left eye.

"The doctors took pictures of my eye and said it was a water blister behind the retina and quite a bad one."

The Associated Press and PA Sport contributed to this report.


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