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Snedeker withdraws from Tiger's event to rest knee

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Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from next month’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge because of injuries to his left knee.

It’s the same ailment that forced the world No. 9 to pull out of the Australian PGA Championship.

Snedeker bruised his tibia and strained the ACL in his left knee on Nov. 4 when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly while hopping off a Segway in China.

His management team, Lagardere Unlimited, said in a release that Snedeker is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation program but decided against pushing his return to competition. Snedeker is the defending champion at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is scheduled for Feb. 6-9. 

With Snedeker's withdraw, Jordan Spieth, fresh off his 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year campaign, will take his place in Tiger's event at Sherwood Country Club.