Stenson withdraws from Qatar Masters


World number five Henrik Stenson will miss next week's Qatar Masters after pulling out of the tournament due to struggles with his knee and foot.

Stenson is currently in action at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, and finished Saturday's play one shot off the lead. However, he has been complaining of pain and has taken the decision to withdraw from his next event.

The Swede won the Qatar Masters in 2006 and has finished runner-up on three other occasions, although keyhole surgery on his right knee in December is likely behind his concerns.

"It's been a struggle," said Stenson, whose participation in Abu Dhabi was his first since the operation.

"Not so much for the knee; it's getting a bit swollen from playing golf and walking, but the foot is taking a lot of strain. So I feel like I've done about a thousand toe-ups.

"I've decided to not push that any further and take a rest for next week. 

"Unfortunately I have to pull out of the Qatar Masters and get some rest and rehab and hopefully we can push on from there."