Calcavecchia unlikely to challenge for Montreal title
Mark Calcavecchia watches his drive on the 8th tee during the second round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Published Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:35PM EDT
The Montreal Championship is back but the defending champion is battling more than just his opponents: he’s also fighting some serious back pain.
Mark Calcavecchia, who triumphed last year with a cumulative score of minus -16, said he suffered an injury to his lower back and ribs that forced him to the sidelines during the Boeing Classic last month.
Calcavecchia could face surgery but meanwhile he has been coping with the pain thanks to epidural anesthesia for the last three months.
The fact that the tournament was moved from July to September is another major hurdle for Calcavecchia, mainly due to large variations in temperature.
The 53 -year-old golfer has still made the trip to Montreal to give it a shot for some of the 50,000 fans expected to attend the weekend competition.
Tournament director David Skitt saluted Calcavecchi for his efforts.
-With a file from The Canadian Press