Sergio García could not complete his final round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational due to soreness on the left shoulder and Achilles.
The Spaniard withdrew soon after parring the par-5 12th hole, knowing that play was called for the day after a violent thunderstorm.
The Spaniard intended to finish his round out of respect for the tournament and the PGA Tour, but after knowing that play wouldn’t resume he opted to withdraw to nurse his injuries and not to put the Masters into jeopardy.
"It wasn’t an easy decision. I wanted to keep playing and finish the round and the tournament even though it was not my best day, but soreness grew and decided to pull back to avoid further injuries”.
García noticed some discomfort immediately after climbing a tree on the par-4 10th hole to hit his second shot. “First I climbed to identify the ball, and I saw I could hit it one handed. Luckily it went ok”, Sergio said.
While maneuvering in the tree he felt an acute pain in his left shoulder and he barely could feel it, up to the point of being unable to move his ball more than thirty meters with his next shot. Undoubtedly, that wasn’t the way he would have liked to finish the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Sergio García won’t play again until the Masters.