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Injured Faldo Exits Tournament

July 8, 1998

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Nick Faldo pulled out of the Loch Lomond tournament Wednesday with an elbow injury and could be in danger of missing next week’s British Open, which he has won three times.

Faldo withdrew just before his scheduled tee-off after injuring a tendon in his right elbow on the driving range.

He went for treatment, returned to hit some more shots but realized he could do more damage by trying to play.

``I hit 10 wedges this morning without any problems, then midway through my fourth 9-iron something went `boom’ in the elbow,″ he said. ``I just felt this stabbing pain and knew straight away that I was in trouble. I’ve lost the power in the arm and can’t get my backswing even to halfway.″

European tour physiotherapist Jon Shrewsbury said Faldo would wear a fiberglass cast and undergo treatment three or four times a day, including electrotherapy.

``The arm has been immobilized and I’m told it should stay that way for a couple of days,″ Faldo said. ``I’ll review the situation on Friday and Saturday.″

Faldo said his prospects for next week’s British Open at Royal Birkdale were uncertain.

``I’ve never missed an Open and hope it doesn’t come to that,″ he said. ``Obviously, I’m a bit worried about Birkdale, but at least I’m in the right place to get the best treatment. I’m still hopeful that I might be able to start swinging a club again at the weekend.″

The injury was the latest setback in a miserable year for Faldo.

He has dropped out of the top 100 on the PGA money-winning list and has fallen to an all-time low of 50th in the world rankings and missed the halfway cut at both the Masters and U.S. Open.

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