We believe as a result of injury, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Noren’s exit from the tournament is a huge blow to the tournament, especially for players looking to pick up valauable world ranking points ahead of both flagship and major championships on the PGA Tour.
Field changes at The Honda Classic since Tuesday morning:
Danny Lee WD, Geoff Ogilvy in
Austin Smotherman WD, Kevin Chappell in
Alex Noren WD, Grayson Murray in
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) February 22, 2023
Noren’s WD means there are less OWGR points available in this event as the strength of field is weakened, as world ranking guru Nosferatu outlines in his tweet below:
A further blow to the #HondaClassic field strength, with Alex Noren WD. SoF dropping towards ~31p to the winner. Shane Lowry could only reach #19 with a win now. This also means a tougher job for guys like MinWoo and Meronk who are trying to make the top 50 for #ThePlayers. #OWGR https://t.co/Ti9DS2dYDd
— Nosferatu (@VC606) February 22, 2023
Noren will be replaced by Grayson Murray.
Yes, that’s the player who completely threw his toys out the pram last season.
Two other players have been forced out of the tournament, with two further replacements.
Martin Kaymer was also forced out of this week’s opening tournament of the new LIV Golf League season in Mexico.
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Unfortunately, it’s meant six players have been axed before the first tournament.
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