DORAL, Fla. – The PGA Tour fitness trailer at Doral has been a busy spot this week.
The week began with all eyes on Tiger Woods, who withdrew from last week’s Honda Classic on Sunday with back spasms, and Jason Day withdrew before play began on Thursday with an ailing left thumb.
Add Brendon de Jonge to that list of the walking wounded.
De Jonge started feeling tightness in his ribs last Sunday at the Honda Classic and has struggled all week with the ailment, limiting his practice at Doral to just walking the course before Thursday’s opening round.
“I think it’s probably an intercostal muscle, I’m on some pretty good painkillers at the moment,” said de Jonge, one of six players who completed their rounds on Thursday (76). “It doesn’t hurt to swing, but every time I bend down to get the ball it starts spasming.”
De Jonge said the muscles around his ribs began seizing up after three holes on Thursday and he contemplated withdrawing from this week’s World Golf Championship but things improved as the round progressed.
He hasn’t been to a doctor to have the ailment looked at but plans to on Monday back home in Charlotte, N.C. He was originally scheduled to play next week’s Valspar Championship near Tampa, Fla., but said on Thursday he will wait to see what his doctor says.