Russ Cochran has pulled out of this week's Senior Open Championship with the same injury that forced him out of the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Cochran pulled out of The Open Championship citing a back injury, which will also keep him from defending at Turnberry the title he won a year ago at Walton Heath.
“They said it’s an intercostal muscle strain,” Cochran said, according to Golfweek. “It goes across the back of the ribs. Doctors told me to let it go, to give myself plenty of time and it will be fine.”
The left-hander pulled out of the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago after two rounds in Michigan. His doctors have told him rest will heal the strain, but that comes at the price of perhaps playing in The Open Championship for the last time.