HOUSTON (Reuters) - American world number three Steve Stricker and sixth-ranked Briton Ian Poulter withdrew from the New Orleans Classic on Wednesday, depriving the PGA Tour event of its top two players.
Stricker pulled out with a shoulder injury while Englishman Poulter cited a left knee injury, organizers said.
Stricker, who clinched his eighth PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open in February, ends an 11-year run of competing in New Orleans.
The tournament, held at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana, starts Thursday.
(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ed Osmond/Ian Ransom)