Former Masters champ Jose Maria Olazabal to pull out of tournament

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday March 17, 2010

LONDON (AP) -- The manager for two-time Masters champion Jose
Maria Olazabal says he will pull out of the Masters next month
because he is suffering again from rheumatism.

Sergio Gomez told the Press Association on Wednesday that
Olazabal has pain in his shoulder, forearms and hands and is unable
to swing properly. He said Olazabal cannot practice for much more
than an hour and that traditional medicine is not working.

Olazabal won the Masters in 1994 and 1999. The only year he
missed was in 1996, when he sat out the entire season after being
diagnosed with rheumatoid polyarthritis.

The 44-year-old Spaniard, inducted last year into the World Golf
Hall of Fame, has not played a tournament since he finished 14th in
the Castello Masters in Spain last October.

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