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Berger takes one swing, WDs, makes $50K at WGC

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AKRON, Ohio – Daniel Berger withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after only one swing, citing a shoulder injury.

Berger hit his opening tee shot at Firestone Country Club Thursday but pulled out before hitting his approach. Per a PGA Tour media official, Berger originally injured his shoulder during practice last week. He finished T-37 at the U.S. Open two weeks ago in his most recent start.

Despite the early exit, Berger will still receive $50,500 in unofficial money – the equivalent of last-place earnings during this week’s 61-person, no-cut event. He will not receive any FedEx Cup points.

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This marks the second time this year that injury has led Berger to withdraw from a WGC event. He also pulled out of the WGC-Dell Match Play during group play after hitting his hand on a rock during a swing.

Berger, ranked No. 32 in the world, qualified for this week’s event by virtue of his win earlier this month at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.