The 1999 champion pulled out of Wednesday's practice round with Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara after completing only three holes. Duval hit a poor tee shot on the par-4 4th and felt a twinge in his wrist. He decided to stop playing for precautionary measure.
'I certainly am disappointed I can not play,' Duval said through a press statement. 'The Players Championship is very special to me and it is very frustrating not to be able to compete. However, I need to get this wrist healed and to do so I must take some time off.
'I did have an MRI yesterday and it confirmed that nothing was wrong. It is tendinitis.
'I will be consulting with my doctors the rest of this week and next week about the best course of therapy for the wrist and look forward to being back in action as soon as possible.'
Duval informed the PGA Tour Thursday morning that he would not be teeing it up this week in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Duval missed 10 weeks last season due to an ailing back. Upon his return, he won the Buick Challenge.
This is the third time this season that the world's seventh-ranked player has withdrawn from an event. He pulled out of the Nissan Open, saying he was mentally fatigued. He also skipped last week's Bay Hill Invitational because of his wrist, which he initially injured two weeks ago while practicing.
Duval said Tuesday that he planned to play in next week's BellSouth Classic, which he also won in 1999. But now those plans are on hold.
Chris Perry also withdrew Thursday because of a stomach ailment. Like Duval's, Perry's spot was not filled because none of the 10 alternates were at the Stadium Course to take their starting times. By rule, all 10 were disqualified and unable to replace anyone else who backed out.
With the withdrawals, 43 of the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking are competing at the TPC at Sawgrass.
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