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Paul Casey said he was "very disappointed" to miss the season's final major at Hazeltine National. (Photo: Getty Images)

Citing injury, England's Casey pulls out of PGA Championship

Paul Casey, the world No. 3 player from England, withdrew from the 91st PGA Championship on Friday morning due to a torn muscle in his left side. He was replaced in the field by Texan Tim Petrovic.

By Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents

CHASKA, Minn. -- World No. 3 Paul Casey withdrew from the 91st PGA Championship on Thursday due to a torn intercostal muscle in his left side.

Casey was replaced in the field by Tim Petrovic, who was warming up on the range early Thursday morning next to the Brit. Casey made the decision early enough that Petrovic had an hour to prepare for his 7:45 a.m. date with Nick Watney and Hiroyuki Fujita.

"I went to speak to him myself and told him to go and play well," Casey said.

The 32-year-old Englishman said he was "very disappointed" to miss the season's final major at Hazeltine National but he had to look further down the road.

"I have to look at the bigger picture which is the fact that I will play a lot more majors over my career and I have to be ready for what is coming up the rest of the season with the FedExCup and The Race to Dubai," Casey said. "But it is very frustrating because standing there hitting easy golf swings it is not that bad. It is just starting to pull when you are getting to 6-irons and longer.

"If it is doing that on a flat lie on the range, then I can't risk it on the golf course. It seems like there has been a lot of guys who have had similar issues in the past and the advice I have been given from the experts and a lot of the players is don't push it too quickly."

Casey had to withdraw after six holes of the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last week. He remained in Akron to rest and receive treatment for his injury and then came to Minnesota on Tuesday.

Casey planned to fly back to Phoenix on Thursday to see his doctor.

"We are actually going to go as far as getting it X-rayed and perhaps a CT scan to just make sure it is just a muscle strain and not perhaps a rib slightly out of place and indeed, the worst case scenario maybe a rib might be cracked," Casey said.

"I don't think it is that but we have to get it checked just to make sure. I haven't had all these tests yet and so the longer I am out here the longer before I know just what it is. The treatment this week has just been heat and cold, heat and ice. Not a lot of fun."

Casey originally injured the muscle five weeks ago when he was preparing for the 138th Open Championship. He was hitting drivers on the range, doing a drill designed to improve his extension through the ball, under the watchful eye of his instructor, Peter Kostis.

"I was fully warmed up and had been in the gym that morning and seemed fine but for some reason, the first time I did that particular drill, it just went," Casey recalled. "I thought it was strange and so, of course, I hit another one, as you do, and I thought, 'No, that's definitely not right.'"

At that stage, Casey said, the injury "wasn't disastrous." He was able to play through the pain at Turnberry, but he aggravated the injury on Monday prior to the start of the Bridgestone Invitational, which led to Thursday's difficult decision at the PGA.

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