PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If you know the back story, you might already have guessed that it's not been the most satisfying of seasons for former world No. 3 Geoff Ogilvy.
He won the Australian Open and was second at the Aussie PGA over the winter and seemed poised to climb back into the upper echelon of the rankings when he ripped open a finger on coral reef in Hawaii before defending his title in the 2011 PGA Tour season opener. That issue cost him a month.
On Friday, he withdrew for the second week in a row, this time from the Players Championship with a nagging shoulder injury that he first sustained shortly before the Masters.
"Most frustrating year ever," he said.
Ogilvy said he initially felt the tweak near his left shoulder blade before heading Augusta National, where he eventually finished T4. No way he wasn't going to play.
"It was first there before the Masters, but because it was the Masters, I kept going," he said.
He played in San Antonio and continued to push through the injury because his results were solid, but withdrew last week from the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte before the tournament and shot 75 in his opening round at Sawgrass on Thursday. He was 5 over through 27 holes when he withdrew at the turn Friday.
Ogilvy, a former U.S. Open champion, wants to get well before the season's second major in June and predicted he wouldn't likely play until the Memorial Tournament in three weeks, at the earliest. The injury tugs at him just as he is loading for the downswing with the clup at the top, he said, and got progressively worse this week, despite the warm weather.
He's already had an MRI, among other treatments.
"A lot of anti-inflams and icing," he said.