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John Daly withdraws from 2013 British Open with elbow injury

Thanks to victories in the British Open and PGA Championship, John Daly is eligible for those two majors but he’ll miss both due to impending surgery for a torn tendon in his right elbow.

David Cannon

John Daly, who withdrew from the Greenbrier Classic with pain in his right elbow, will miss next week’s British Open as well and undergo season-ending surgery to correct the problem.

Perhaps Tommy John issues are par for the course on the PGA Tour, what with Tiger Woods’ sore elbow keeping him idle until the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Daly told the AP’s Doug Ferguson that he felt the first twinges of what turned out to be a torn tendon in May at the Byron Nelson Championship. Doctors gave him the go-ahead to continue playing but to avoid striking any objects that might further damage the tear.

''And that's what happened on the 12th hole Friday at Greenbrier,'' Daly told Ferguson. ''I was just trying to chip out and there was a root under the ball. It wasn't more than 50-yard chip shot. But that's the pain I've been dealing with.''

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will replace two-time major champion Daly, who said he would go under the knife on Thursday, begin a rehab regimen in September, and hoped to get back on the course in late fall. Daly, as Ferguson noted, is eligible for the British Open and PGA Championship because he has won both (the former in 1995 and the latter in 1991).

''I hate missing the British Open, especially at Muirfield,” said Daly, who has played in each British Open since 1999. "It's one of the best on the planet.”

Pain forced Daly out of the Greenbrier event three holes into his second round on Friday. He carded an opening 5-over 75 at The Old White TPC course.