Watson pulls out with stomach muscle injury


Northern Trust Open

LOS ANGELES – Bubba Watson has withdrawn from the Northern Trust Open with a strained stomach muscle.

Watson says he went to the hospital twice this week to check out the injury and make sure it wasn’t too serious. He says he struggled Thursday in the opening round at Riviera because he was more worried about his oblique muscle instead of his golf.

Watson opened with a 75.

The winner at Torrey Pines, Watson says he wants to rest to be ready to go next week in the Match Play Championship in Arizona. He says a CAT scan and ultrasound revealed nothing serious.