Will Zalatoris withdraws from FedEx Cup finale and Presidents Cup

No. 3 seed Will Zalatoris withdraws from FedEx Cup finale and the chase for $18m prize with two herniated disks, leaving Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III searching for a replacement for the showdown at Quail Hollow

  • Will Zalatoris has withdrawn from the Tour championship and Presidents Cup 
  • The rising star tweaked his back at the BMW Championship before quitting
  • Zalatoris was the No. 3 seed and would have started three shots off the lead 
  • The 26-year-old finished seventh in the Team USA standings for Presidents Cup
  • He had been all but a lock-in for a captain’s pick for the event at Quail Hollow

Fresh off his first PGA Tour victory, Will Zalatoris is out of the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup because of two herniated disks.

Zalatoris was the No. 3 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale and the chase for the $18million prize, meaning he would have started three shots off the lead.

The field was reduced to 29 players with his withdrawal and everyone keeps their seeding and how far behind they start Thursday at East Lake behind Scottie Scheffler.

Will Zalatoris is out of the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup with two herniated disks

The injury is serious enough that Zalatoris already has ruled himself out of the Presidents Cup on September 22-25 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina. 

Zalatoris finished seventh in the standings, one outside the automatic qualifiers, but was a shoo-in to be a captain’s pick.

Zalatoris, a runner-up in the PGA Championship and the US Open this year, won the FedEx St. Jude Championship two weeks ago in a three-hole playoff for his first Tour title, cementing his status in the growing list of young stars in golf.

He secured his first PGA Tour victory at the FedEx Cup St. Jude Championship on August 14

He was one-under for the day during the third round of the BMW Championship and four-under par for the tournament – four shots out of the lead at the time – when he tweaked his lower back on a shot on the third hole. 

A PGA Tour physiotherapist came onto the course to treat Zalatoris on the fifth tee but the pain did not subside and he ultimately made the decision to call it quits.

The hope was to get rest and treatment so he could challenge for the FedEx Cup but the injury has now forced him to miss the Tour Championship beginning on Thursday and the President’s Cup in September.  

‘After Will’s withdrawal from the BMW Championship on Saturday, his medical team determined that the source of his back pain is two herniated disks,’ his manager, Allen Hobbs, said in a statement released by the PGA Tour.

The American withdrew from the BMW Championship at the weekend after tweaking his back 

‘Unfortunately, this means that Will is unable to play this week at the Tour Championship.

‘He is also very disappointed that he will not have the opportunity to play in next month’s Presidents Cup, where he was hoping to play for Captain Love and represent the United States.’ 

‘As a result of his withdrawal, if all 29 players finish 72 holes, Zalatoris will finish 30th in the FedEx Cup, which receives $500,000 in bonus money,’ the PGA Tour said in a statement. 

The withdrawal poses a question for Team USA captain Davis Love III, given Zalatoris was all but a lock-in for a pick. 

The withdrawal poses a question for Team USA Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III (above)

The 26-year-old Zalatoris has risen to No. 9 in the world in just two full years on the PGA Tour. His first runner-up finish in a major was in the 2021 Masters behind Hideki Matsuyama, and he has played some of his best events on strong courses.

Until winning two weeks ago, he had playoff losses this year at Torrey Pines and Southern Hills in the PGA Championship. At the US Open, he had a 15-foot putt that caught the lip of the cup to force a playoff.

The Tour Championship is the end of the season, and Zalatoris has time on his side. It’s possible he would wait until next year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to play again.

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