New York: American world number nine Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of next month`s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California as he continues to recover from a leg injury.
Though Snedeker is "ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation programme," the 32-year-old did not want to push his return to competition with a busy early 2014 campaign fast approaching, the golfer`s management company said on Monday.
Snedeker, a six-times winner on the PGA Tour, plans to defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am which will be held in California from February 6-9.
In recent years, he has made a habit of playing in at least five events on the PGA Tour`s West Coast Swing during January and February.
Snedeker bruised his left tibia and strained the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he fell off a Segway during a corporate outing in China earlier this month, after the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Those injuries initially forced him to withdraw from the November 7-10 Australian PGA Championship, and then the December 5-8 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge which is hosted by world number one Tiger Woods.
No replacement has yet been announced for Snedeker in the 18-man field at Sherwood Country Club where Northern Ireland`s Graeme McDowell will defend the title he won by three shots last year.