Jose Maria Olazabal, a two-time winner, will not be taking up his spot in next month’s Masters due to arthritis, which has prevented the Spaniard from playing competitively since the same event last year.
“I’m sorry to announce I’m unable to attend this year as I am not feeling well,” said the 50-year-old, winner at Augusta National, in 1994 and 1999, in a statement. “The Masters is very special to me and walking up Magnolia Lane gives me a peace of mind like nowhere else.
“It’s been very tough being at home these last few months doing nothing. I’m feeling better, I hit a bucket of balls every morning and spend 45 minutes on the putting green. I practise for about three hours. I don’t set myself goals or dates, time will tell.”
Rory McIlroy handed himself a pre-Masters boost by bouncing back from a potentially-damaging 75 at Bay Hill on Thursday with a five-under 67 to comfortably make the cut in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
Craig Lee and Scott Jamieson are the only Scots still standing in the Hero Indian Open.
Lee is joint-21st after a second successive 70 at Delhi Golf Club for a four-under-par total, nine shots behind Austrlian Terry Pilkadaris.
Jamieson bounced back from his opening 73 with a 69 to sit in a share of 44th on two-under, three shots inside the cut.
Andrew McArthur (75-71) fell two shots short while Marc Warren also made an early exit after disappointing rounds of 75 and 77.
Jamie McLeary, the other Scot in the field, withdrew due to illness and is now heading home to seek medical attention.
“I’ve had some pain in my knees, hips and back,” said the Bonnyrigg-based player. “My temperature has been going up and down like a yo-yo and I haven’t eaten since Monday.
“I couldn’t get out of bed on Wednesday and I’ve been so dehydrated as well. I had a laugh with my caddie after the first round because on the fifth hole I couldn’t remember who he was or what I was doing.
“I was really worried it was dengue fever because I was bitten by a mosquito and Delhi is a known hotspot for the virus.
“I have all the symptoms of it and I’ll be seeing a doctor as soon as I get home. The doctor here said I should go home and ask for a blood count test if my fever lasts any longer than a week.”
Pilkadaris carded a brilliant 64 to open up a three-shot lead over home player SSP Chawrasia and Spaniard Nacho Elvira.
Scott Henry has been left to fly the Saltire on his own in the final two rounds of the Barclays Kenya Open.
It follows compatriots Jack Doherty, Paul Shields, David Law and Chris Doak all suffering early exits in the opening event of the new Challenge Tour campaign in Nairobi.
Henry has been sitting last of the five Scots after an opening 76 but kept himself in the tournament with a second-round 68 at Karen Country Club.
The four-under-par effort - one of the day’s best scores - included an eagle and five birdies.
Two-time Scottish Amateur champion David Law covered his last eight holes in five-under but missed the cut by two shots after scores of 74 and 72.
Jack Doherty (72-75), Chris Doak (74-74) and Paul Shields (73-75) also crashed out as South Africans dominated the leaderboard.
Jacques Blaauw (68-66) leads by a shot from compatriot and Danie Van Tonder (66-69) and Swede Sebastian Soderberg (67-68).
Scottish duo Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) and Jack McDonald (Barassie) helped Europe to a convincing 21.5-10.5 win over Asia-Pacific in the Bonallack Trophy at Vidago Palace in Portugal.
Forrest and McDonald both lost their singles 4&3 - to Japan’s Takumi Kanaya and Australian Zach Murray - but had earlier played their part in setting up Europe’s success.