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Bronson Burgoon withdraws from Shell Houston Open with knee injury

Bronson Burgoon
Bronson Burgoon ( Getty Images )

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HUMBLE, Texas — It figured to be a doubleheader of unforgettable proportions, a dawn-to-dusk experience you couldn’t make up.

Eighteen holes at the Shell Houston Open sometime early Saturday, followed by his wedding in the evening about 250 miles away, in Fort Worth. Bronson Burgoon had it all figured out and, yes, fiancee Katy was on board.

“A (friend) was gracious (to offer) his plane for a flight Saturday afternoon,” Burgoon said. “It would only be a 20-minute flight.”

Bronson and Katy still will be married Saturday evening in Fort Worth, but the earlier half of the doubleheader has been called off. That’s because Burgoon, a 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie, withdrew from the Shell Houston Open on Wednesday morning, citing a knee injury. He originally had been in the field, only to be bumped by a multitude of top-10 finishers in Puerto Rico.

Not to worry, because Steve Timms, director of the SHO, knows Burgoon is a local kid and offered him a last-minute exemption. Back in 2006, Burgoon, then just 18, shot 75-73 to miss the cut on a sponsor exemption, so he had designs on making amends this year.

“I tweaked the knee in Puerto Rico last week, and it bothered me Tuesday night playing nine holes in a First Tee thing,” Burgoon said. “I just didn’t have time to have any treatment.”

Burgoon said he wrestled with the decision. He felt he had the logistics in hand for Saturday, so the bottom line was this: “I think it was the right thing to do (to withdraw), to let someone who has a chance to play well. And I just don’t want to jeopardize my season.”

So it’s good news for Sung Kang, who got in as an alternate.

And it’s even better news for the couple, who will have a far less hectic Friday (rehearsal dinner) and Saturday (wedding).

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