Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 7 Sergio Garcia withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday after opening with a 1-over 73.
Garcia cited a knee injury as the reason he pulled out.
"This is the same thing that happened on Sunday at the Spanish Open. It felt better, I guess from resting it Monday and Tuesday, and yesterday it felt okay. But I think from walking on it and going down and up and down the hills, it's just been pinching more than anything," Garcia said. "I have an edema on the kneecap and I guess it just tightens up as I go. I'll go to the physio in Spain and see what he says. I'm sure I'm going to have to take some anti inflammatories. I had an MRI done on Monday morning and they checked it out and they said it was a small edema on the kneecap. I was hoping I was going to be able to feel fine throughout the week. But the way I felt more than anything on the last four holes and on 17 and 18, it didn't feel good at all."
Garcia, who tied for 19th last year at this event, has seven top-10 finishes worldwide this season. He earned his 11th European Tour win in Qatar and took third place at the Houston Open and again at the Players Championship.
"I wish I wouldn't have to withdraw from this great tournament. My knee is bothering me again. Have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning!," Garcia later said on twitter.