During light practice on the range at TPC Boston in the middle of the afternoon, Casey said he was waiting for a telephone call from the Phoenix-based orthopedic surgeon who has been treating the torn interior oblique muscle and strained intercostal muscle on the right side of Casey’s rib cage. He said if the doctor told him he could further injure himself by playing, he would withdraw. Three hours or so later, Casey did just that.
Casey’s doctor may not have been the sole influence.
Fellow PGA Tour pro Scott Verplank stopped to chat with Casey on the range and offered some advice. Verplank suffered through a similar injury a few years ago and had trouble shaking it.
“After living through it, don’t play until it goes away completely,” Verplank told Casey.
Casey is the No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Ranking but hasn’t played since withdrawing after six holes at the WGC-Bridgestone.