Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Ames will miss Disney Classic


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CALGARY – Ace Trinidad and Tobago-golfer Stephen Ames will not defend his title at next month’s US$4.7 million Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney.
In a statement Friday, the 46-year-old said he had been advised by his doctor to rest a back injury which forced him out of last weekend’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas after just one round.
The November 11-14 tournament in Florida has become special for Ames who has won it twice in the last three years.
“I’m beyond disappointed to have to miss out on defending my Children’s Miracle Network Classic championship in two weeks, but I have been experiencing pain in my lower back and my doctor’s advice is to rest it for the next few weeks to prevent it from becoming a longer term issue,” Ames said in a statement.
“Obviously winning at Disney two of the past three years has made this tournament a very special one for me and my family, which makes the situation even more disappointing, but in this case I have to make sure that I’m taking care of my health.”
Ames first won the event in 2007 before taking it against last year, but his title defence was put in jeopardy ever since he pulled out of last week’s tournament following a first round 66.
The latest setback is one Ames could hardly afford as his absence at Disney is now likely to result in his fall from the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
He was ranked 99th in the latest rankings released earlier this week and could now end the year out of the top 100 for the first time in seven years.
The year has been a turbulent one for Ames, with just one top-10 finish and a mere US$916 527 in earnings – his lowest money haul since 2001.
Only last year, he collected a cool $2.1 million after posting five top-10s finishes and 12 top-25s, to finish the year 57th. (CMC)


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