Anthony Kim has been forced to withdraw from the Bob Hope Classic that starts today, due to a shoulder injury.

The world No.8, who helped inspire the United States to a victory at the Ryder Cup last year, was keen to play down the injury.

“We don’t consider my shoulder to be anything too serious, and I don’t expect to miss extended time, but it is important to be cautious with it at this early stage in the season,” said the 23-year-old in a statement.

Kim was the highest-ranked player in the field and favourite to win the tournament – rightly so after two wins on the PGA Tour last season and eight top-10 finishes.   

The young American finished third in the same event last year and his tied-second at the Mercedes-Benz Championship recently suggested he was in good form.

Kim grew up in La Quinta, California, where the Bob Hope Classic starts today, leaving the Ryder Cup star disappointed to miss out. His statement continued: “I had so many friends and family coming to watch.”

The Bob Hope Classic will be played over the next five days in a rare format where players compete over 90 holes instead of the customary 72.

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