Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship Injury News & Player Notes

Jul 10th 2023

Nick DeMott

This column will provide any field updates, injury news, and other player notes in the days leading up to the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship.

Field Updates

Friday (7/7)

  • George Coetzee (OUT) - Alexander Bjork (IN)

  • Peter Malnati (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship)

  • Simon Forsstrom (IN)

Saturday (7/8)

  • Andrew Novak (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Harry Higgs (IN)

  • Harry Higgs (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Doug Ghim (IN)

  • Vincent Norrman (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Chad Ramey (IN)

  • Chad Ramey (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Austin Smotherman (IN)

  • Austin Smotherman (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Paul Haley II (IN)

Sunday (7/9)

  • Paul Haley II (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - Marty Dou (IN)

  • Marty Dou (OUT - playing Barbasol Championship) - MJ Daffue (IN)

  • Joost Luiten (IN)

  • Mark Hubbard (OUT) - Erik van Rooyen (IN)

  • Jamie Donaldson (IN)

Monday (7/10)

  • MJ Daffue (OUT - Playing Barbasol Championship)

  • Troy Merritt (IN)

  • Dylan Frittelli (IN)

Wednesday (7/12)

  • Thomas Bjorn (OUT) - Julien Brun (IN)

Field Updates

Friday (7/7)

  • Harrison Endycott (OUT - playing Scottish Open) - Ryuji Imada (IN)

  • Daniel Brown (IN)

  • Alexander Knappe (IN)

  • Martin Simonsen (IN)

Saturday (7/8)

  • Lukas Nemecz (OUT) - John Axelsen (IN)

  • Marc Warren (OUT) - David Ravetto (OUT)

Sunday (7/9)

  • Jamie Donaldson (OUT - Playing Scottish Open) - Pedro Figuiredo (IN)

  • Johnson Wagner (OUT) - Omar Uresti (IN)

  • Peter Kuest (IN)

  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat (IN)

  • Adrien Saddier (IN)

  • Jayden Schaper (IN)

  • Andrew Wilson (IN)

Monday (7/10)

  • Nacho Elvira (OUT) - Brian Davis (IN)

  • Erik van Rooyen (OUT - Playing Scottish Open)

  • Mike Lorenzo-Vera (OUT)

  • Jeff Overton (IN)

  • Christoffer Bring (IN)

  • Joshua Lee (IN)

  • Thomas Aiken (IN)

  • Monday Qualifiers: Chris Nido, Max Moldovan, Chip McDaniel, Matt Sharpstene

Tuesday (7/11)

  • Matt Every (IN)

  • Cameron Champ (OUT) - Daniel Chopra (IN)

INJURY REPORT (as of 10am ET, 7/10):

Yannik Paul (back) -- IN

Paul withdrew from the BMW International Open (6/22-6/25) due to a back injury but then returned the next week at the Betfred British Masters where he finished T8. This suggest Paul quickly got over whatever back issue prevented him from playing the BMW International on the DP World Tour.

Mackenzie Hughes (illness) -- IN

Hughes withdrew from the Travelers Championship after the first round (6/22) due to illness. According to a post on Hughes' Twitter account, he was dealing with kidney stones that had yet to pass.

After more than two weeks of rest and recovery, Hughes is expected to return at the Scottish Open.

Luke List (foot) -- IN

List withdrew from the John Deere Classic last Tuesday (7/4) due to a foot injury. This same injury caused List to WD from the Rocket Mortgage Classic (6/30) prior to his second-round tee time. According to Ron Klos (@PGASplits101 on Twitter), List was limping "very badly" after he withdrew from Rocket Mortgage.

As of this moment, List is in the field for the Scottish Open though his status will be important to monitor.

Kevin Yu (knee) -- IN

Yu returned three weeks ago at the Travelers Championship where he finished T49. This was Yu's first start on the PGA Tour since undergoing surgery on February 20th for a torn meniscus. He then played the Rocket Mortgage Classic (missed cut) and the John Deere Classic (finished T6).

Prior to the surgery, the rookie was having an excellent first season on the PGA Tour with seven made cuts in 10 starts, one top-5 finish, and two top-10 finishes. In his last start before the injury, Yu finished T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Yu is currently in the field for the Scottish Open.

C.T. Pan (neck) -- IN

Pan withdrew from the John Deere Classic a few days before the start of the event due to a neck injury (7/1). He also withdrew from the Rocket Mortgage Classic just prior to the start of the event because of the same injury (6/29).

This seems to be a new ailment for Pan who returned from a significant wrist injury in April that sidelined him for about five months this season. It will be important to monitor his status in the days leading up to the Scottish Open.

David Lingmerth (back) -- IN

Lingmerth withdrew during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open due to a back injury (6/9). He returned at the Travelers Championship but missed the cut. Lingmerth also missed the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the John Deere Classic the past two weeks.

Lingmerth is currently expected to tee it up this week at the Scottish Open.

Justin Lower (illness) -- IN

Lower withdrew the night prior to the start of the John Deere Classic after testing positive for COVID (7/5). At this moment he's listed in the field for the Barbasol Championship.

Scott Piercy (back) -- IN

Piercy withdrew during the second round of the John Deere Classic last Friday (7/7) due to a back injury. The 44-year-old has been dealing with this injury since withdrawing a few weeks ago during the Travelers Championship (6/23). He also pulled out of the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic prior to the start of the event (6/25).

Piercy is currently listed in the field for the Barbasol Championship though his health status will be worth monitoring in the days leading up to the start of the event on Thursday.

Aaron Wise (undisclosed) -- OUT

Wise has not competed on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the U.S. Open on June 18th. He was initially listed in the field for the Travelers Championship but pulled out of that event (6/17).

Wise missed part of the season in April and May as he decided to focus on his mental health before returning to the PGA Tour. This could explain Wise's limited schedule at the moment, though no official updates have been made on Wise's status.

Kevin Kisner (illness, personal) -- OUT

Kisner is not in the field for either the Genesis Scottish Open or the Barbasol Championship this week.

He withdrew from the Travelers Championship during round one on June 22nd due to an undisclosed illness. He was seven strokes over par through nine holes at TPC River Highlands at the time of the WD. The 39-year-old has now either missed the cut or withdrawn in each of his last seven starts in stroke play events on the PGA Tour.

Kisner was originally committed to play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic but then was not listed in the announced field last Friday. When asked on Twitter about why he chose not to tee it up at Detroit GC, Kisner replied "BC I suck right now."

Kisner's long-time caddie Duan Bock was the on-the-bag for Sepp Straka at last week's John Deere Classic.

Tiger Woods (ankle, foot) -- OUT

Woods announced on April 19th that he underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from a previous talus fracture. He is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation.

The 15-time major champion withdrew in his most recent start at The Masters, citing a reaggravation of his plantar fasciitis after being seen walking with a noticeably worse limp during the third round. In February, Woods expressed his goal to play in all of the major championships this year. However, given this news of another ankle surgery and upcoming rehab, expectations should be tempered for Woods' chances at playing in the next three majors.

May 22nd update: Woods officially withdrew from the U.S. Open on May 22nd, and there's currently no official timetable for his return.

June 16th update: Woods officially withdrew from The Open Championship on June 16th, and there's currently no official timetable for his return.

Will Zalatoris (back) -- OUT FOR SEASON

Zalatoris announced on his Instagram account on April 10th that he underwent successful surgery on his back and will miss the rest of the season.

Zalatoris withdrew just prior to his first-round tee time at The Masters. As it turns out, Zalatoris was dealing with the same back issues (herniated discs) that caused him to be out for the last four months of 2022. Zalatoris has had a very promising start to his career, winning his first PGA Tour event last summer at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, but will now miss at least another five months following a microdiscectomy.

I've seen some confusion out there–this is the first time Zalatoris had back surgery. He did NOT have surgery in 2022 for this issue.

May 22nd update: Zalatoris announced on the ESPN broadcast during last week's PGA Championship that he feels pain-free for the first time in two years following back surgery. He's targeting a September return to the PGA Tour.

July 8th update: Zalatoris announced on Instagram that he would start chipping this upcoming week. This suggests that his recovery from back surgery is going well and that he's still targeting a September return to the PGA Tour.

Daniel Berger (back) -- OUT

Berger remains sidelined from a back injury that has kept him out since the 2022 U.S. Open. Berger tried to play through this injury last season but said “that was definitely not the answer.” Instead, Berger has opted to take a more patient approach in his recovery. There's currently no timeline for his return to the PGA Tour.


This article from AP News provides background and insight into the back injury Berger has been dealing with for the past year. In the article, Berger notes that it's not a career-ending injury but knows it'll be a challenge to get back to where he was as a top player in the world.

Berger has been posting clips on his Instagram account of him swinging a golf club, suggesting that his return could come soon though there is no official date or tournament that he's committed to yet.


Berger was originally slated to compete in one of the U.S. Open final qualifiers on Monday (June 5th) as he was given a tee time for the qualifier in Boynton Beach, Florida but withdrew a couple of days prior.

Hayden Buckley (chest/rib) -- OUT

Buckley suffered a torn muscle in his chest and rib area which forced him to withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic on June 26th.

According to a Twitter post from Buckley, he met with a team of doctors who diagnosed pain in his rib area as a torn muscle. Buckley's recovery time is uncertain, and so it's currently unclear when he might return to the PGA Tour.

The 27-year-old reached as high as 71st in the Official World Golf Rankings this season, thanks in part to three top-5 finishes. However, Buckley missed the cut in each of his last four starts, which could potentially make more sense if he was attempting to play through injury. It will be important to keep an eye on updates on Buckley's health status in the coming weeks.

Maverick McNealy (left shoulder) -- OUT

McNealy announced in an Instagram post on June 21st that he would be out for the next few months due to a torn left anterior sternoclavicular ligament. He's hopeful to return to the PGA Tour sometime in the Fall.

McNealy first suffered this injury back at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, which caused him to miss about a month of the season. At the beginning of June, at the RBC Canadian Open, the injury worsened and McNealy decided to properly address the nagging ailment by taking time off.

According to McNealy's social media post, the injury won't require surgery. Instead, McNealy plans to focus on physical therapy, biomechanics analysis, golf swing chances, and regenerative stem-cell treatments in order to treat the injury. Though not confirmed, it appears McNealy will likely miss the remainder of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season as he looks to return once fully healthy at some point in the Fall portion of next season's schedule.

Jhonattan Vegas (elbow) -- OUT

Vegas announced on his personal Twitter account on April 27th that he suffered an elbow injury related to the one that plagued him last year. He underwent surgery in April of 2022, and then later in the year Vegas opted to take the entire Fall portion of the PGA Tour schedule off due to this recurrent injury.

The 38-year-old has not played in a PGA Tour event since the Valspar Championship (3/19). Vegas said the recovery is taking longer than he expected but is working hard to return as soon as possible.

Erik Barnes (knee) -- OUT

Barnes underwent knee surgery on April 3rd and is without a timetable for his return to the PGA Tour.

The 35-year-old rookie posted on Twitter that he was having reconstructive surgery on his MPFL and a repair of his MCL. Barnes said he's battled knee subluxation issues for the last couple of years which have worsened over the past few weeks. According to Barnes' social media post, the surgery was successful but he expects a long road in his recovery and eventual return to the PGA Tour.

John Huh (elbow tendinitis) -- OUT

Huh has yet to play in an event in 2023 due to elbow tendinitis. His last start came at The RSM Classic (November 20th, 2022).

Philip Knowles (hand) -- OUT

Knowles announced on his Instagram account that he severed a nerve in his thumb back on February 1st, underwent surgery on February 24th, and started swinging a golf club again on April 14th.

He noted that (as of May 1st) he's nearly back to full function but "range of motion is limited due to scar tissue" and "lack of sensation in the outside part of my thumb."

Knowles made a rehab start on the Korn Ferry Tour on June 25th at the Compliance Solutions Championship but missed the cut.

Other Player News:

This section will be added to and updated throughout the week.