Will Zalatoris withdraws from 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic due to back injury

Will Zalatoris withdrew from the 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic during the third round due to his back. Zalatoris shot an opening-round 6-under 66 on Thursday before a 1-under effort on Friday. He was 3 over through eight holes on Moving Day before withdrawing from the tournament.

In April 2023, after withdrawing from the Masters, Zalatoris had back surgery that kept him out for the rest of the season. He made his return at Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in December 2023. His initial back injury occurred at the 2022 BMW Championship.

In 15 starts prior to this week in Detroit, Zalatoris tallied three top-10 finishes: T-2 at the Genesis Invitational, T-4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T-9 at the Masters. He hasn’t finished inside the top 40 since Augusta National.

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