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Viktor Hovland withdrew from the US Open on Friday with an injury after receiving a bunker shot in the eye while warming up.
Hovland, 23, shared a picture on social media with a bandage over his left eye explaining how his injury prevented him from continuing after taking a double bogey on the first hole, his 10th of the second round at Torrey Pines would have.
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“First time for everything .. Hit a bunker shot in my warm-up today and saw some sand in my left eye. Usually the remedy in such an unfortunate situation is to blink a few times to clear the sand. However, the unique sands of San Diego have chosen to linger, ”said his Instagram post.
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Hovland said he decided to try to assert himself despite having “reduced eyesight” but ultimately failed to play through the injury.
“A few more bogeys inevitably followed and on hole 18 (my 9th hole) the slowly improving visibility got worse … I hate to retreat, but I’ll be back soon. Thanks for the news!”
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Hovland was seen twice by medical staff before being forced to retire. He shot 74 on Thursday and was 6 over par in the second round, so PGATour.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.