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Ernie Els Withdraws From The Players Championship Golf Tourney - 2003-03-26

The world's number-two ranked golfer, Ernie Els of South Africa, has pulled out of this week's The Players Championship tournament in Florida because of a wrist injury.

Ernie hurt his right wrist two weeks ago while working out with a punching bag at his home in London. The South African star has already won four events this year. His announcement came a day after third-ranked Phil Mickelson withdrew because his wife recently gave birth to their third child.

Els says he is disappointed that he can't compete at the Florida tourney. But he says because of the soreness in the wrist, he knows there is no way he can play this week.