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Kim withdraws from The Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Anthony Kim withdrew from The Players Championship this morning with his left thumb injury worsening.

Kim, who won the Shell Houston Open and finished third at the Masters last month, says he has been playing with a torn ligament, an ailment that's troubled him for more than a year.

“This injury has been well documented over the past month, and I’ve been doing everything I can to play through it, but it became more of an issue last week and needs to be looked at,” said Kim, who tied for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship on Sunday. “I’m extremely disappointed to have to miss The Players Championship, but will consult with my doctors this week and follow their recommendations for treatment.”

Chad Collins will replace Kim in the field.

Kim has said his injury will require surgery, he's just unsure when to get it done with his heart set on helping the Americans retain the Ryder Cup when it's played in Wales in October.