Sore neck forces Love out

Updated: November 12, 2009, 6:08 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA , Fla. -- Davis Love withdrew from the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Thursday, citing a sore neck. The tournament's defending champion shot 1-over-par 73 and later decided not to continue.

"I woke up with a really stiff neck, and didn't think I was even going to play. I only hit balls for about 10 minutes before I played. And then I started good. I was 2-under real quick, and would have been 3-under, but I hit a wrong ball, so I started good, just got stiffer and stiffer as I went along.

"So hopefully it'll loosen up. If not, I may be done for the year."

After going to the tour's fitness trailer for treatment, Love told tournament officials he was withdrawing.

A year ago, Love, 45, shot a final-round 64 to claim his 20th PGA Tour title. He came into the event ranked 51st on the PGA Tour money list.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.

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