Singh to miss Transitions Championship

Updated: March 17, 2009, 8:05 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

One top golfer is missing time this week due to a knee injury -- and it's not Tiger Woods.

Singh
Singh

Despite previously committing to the field at the Transitions Championship, Vijay Singh has decided against competing in the Tampa-based event after feeling soreness in his right knee, which he underwent surgery on two months ago.

According to Singh's representatives at IMG, the injury, "was nothing to worry about, but [he] needed the week off with Masters coming up."

"He called me [Monday] morning from his doctor's office in Jacksonville and said his knee had become swollen over the weekend in Miami," Transitions Championship tournament director Gerald Goodman wrote in his online blog. "He was so apologetic that he couldn't play."

At the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, Singh confided that his knee was hurting. On Jan. 15, three days after a T-27 result, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

He returned at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am but missed the cut. Singh has since followed with another missed cut at the Northern Trust Open, a second-round exit at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and a T-53 at the WGC-CA Championship on Sunday.

The sixth-ranked player in the world, Singh is currently in 115th place on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list. A 2006 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, he owns 34 career PGA Tour victories.

Jason Sobel is a golf writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com.

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.

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