“My right knee, which required surgery in December 2015, has flared up again,” Stenson said in a statement. “Regrettably, I need to withdraw this week to allow time for an MRI and see what the next step is.”
This marks the second time this season that the 40-year-old has withdrawn from a high-profile event because of injury. He also pulled out of the U.S. Open, citing “minor knee and neck issues.” Stenson went on to win his very next start at the BMW International Open, sparking a summer run that also included a win at The Open and a silver medal earlier this month at the Olympics.
Stenson described his December surgery at the time as a “meniscus cleanup,” and he played in Abu Dhabi five weeks after the procedure.
Stenson entered this week’s event at No. 14 in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning that if the injury heals, he’ll be eligible to play in next week’s 100-man Deutsche Bank Championship, which he won in 2013 en route to a FedEx Cup title.