May 10, 2016
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Twice in the past month Smylie Kaufman has shot a round in the 80s.
It’s not a coincidence.
Kaufman, the PGA Tour rookie who won in Las Vegas last fall, developed tendinitis in his right wrist during the Masters. Playing in the final group, he shot 81 in the final round there, then ballooned to the same score in the second round of the Zurich Classic to miss the cut.
The pain intensified last Tuesday, when he hit a wedge shot on the Quail Hollow range and decided to withdraw from the tournament.
Kevin Velardo, Kaufman’s manager with Lagardere Unlimited, said that an MRI revealed no structural damage in Kaufman’s wrist, and that doctors prescribed anti-inflammatories and rest.
With tape on his wrist, Kaufman played a practice round – alongside fellow spring breakers Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas – Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, the first time he’s played since missing the cut at the Zurich. He tees off late Thursday, 1:47 p.m. ET.