Due to a niggling neck and shoulder injury, the 47-year-old was forced to retire after just one round in the recent Alfred Dunhill Links Championship then managed just 24 holes in last week’s Andalucia Masters.
He’s clearly needing a break but, sitting 178th in the rankings and running out of time to climb into the top 117, that’s not an option right now.
“I’ve had a bad shoulder and neck for five months,” said Drysdale, speaking after he’d signed for a two-under-par 70 in the opening round of the Mallorca Open at Son Muntaner Golf Club in Palma.
“It’s fine now, I can’t even feel it, but I’ve got two bulging discs in my lower neck that have been going into my shoulder. It just flares up every now and again when I wake up in the morning, really. Hopefully it will be all right for the remainder of the year.”
Drysdale has held a main-tour card for 18 consecutive seasons, but, having also had Covid this year, it’s been a real struggle for him. “I don’t have the luxury of taking a break because I have played so poor this year and there’s no medical exemption I can get,” he added.
“Right now it is looking like Q School, so I’ve not got an awful lot of time off at the moment. But, whatever happens, I’ll probably take December off and give it some decent rest and some physio.”
“It was good,” said Syme of his day’s work. “A little bit scrappy towards the end, unfortunately, but, overall, a decent start.”
Warren, who was also pleased with his effort, said of the test: “If you’re hitting fairways it is straightforward but, if you're not, it can ugly pretty quick.”