Viktor Hovland withdraws from U.S. Open after sand causes eye irritation

SAN DIEGO -- Viktor Hovland of Norway pulled out of the U.S. Open on Friday with an eye injury caused when he got sand in it while hitting a bunker shot during pre-round warm-ups.

The USGA says Hovland twice sought medical attention, and the irritation was to a point that he chose not to continue.

Hovland posted on his Instagram account later Friday, explaining that he tried to play through the injury despite "greatly diminished eyesight," but said he decided to withdraw when it "took a turn for the worse."

Hovland withdrew after taking a double bogey on the first hole, his 10th of the second round at Torrey Pines. He was 6 over for his round and 9 over for the tournament, making it unlikely that he would have made the cut.

The 2018 U.S. Amateur champion, Hovland was fully exempt and competing in his third U.S. Open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.