Louis Oosthuizen pulled out of this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and announced he is taking two months off after dealing with hip, neck and back injuries this year.
The South African who stands No. 12 in the World Golf Rankings also withdrew from the British Open, the U.S. Open and the HP Byron Nelson in 2013. He’s played in 12 events and his only top 10 finish was a tie for 10th at the Shell Houston Open on March 31.
Oosthuizen receives last place money of $40,500, which he will donate to charity.
Others eligible for the Bridgestone field who are sitting out this week are Jordan Spieth and Peter Senior.
Senior has played in 14 events on the Champions Tour this year, but his only appearance on the PGA Tour came in the British Open. Turning 54 Wednesday, Senior qualified with a victory in last year’s Emirates Australian Open.
Spieth, who turned 20 Saturday, won the John Deere Classic in a playoff on July 14, which earned him a spot in the British Open. He tweeted on July 22 that he was headed home to Dallas to rest after “a long but incredible” four weeks.
Hunter Mahan announced Monday he was withdrawing after the birth of his first child, Zoe, early Sunday. He will return for next week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.
The field for the no-cut event now stands at 73, with $1.5 million of the $8.75 million purse going to the winner.