Justin James, the No. 1 ranked hitter in the World Long Drive Open Division, has withdrawn from the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson.
The 2017 World Long Drive champion announced his intent to skip the event on Twitter, citing a recent injury that will keep him from competing in the Tour event that will begin on Sunday, May 5:
“During a training session on Tuesday, I irritated a muscle in my back, and as a precaution, rather than risk further injury by competing this week in South Carolina, I have informed The Golf Channel that I will not be competing this week at the Celebrating Service Event in Fort Jackson, and instead focus on preparing for Atlantic City next month. While I hate to miss any event, especially one of this magnitude, I’ve been advised it’s in my best interest to fully recover before competition. Best of luck to all competitors this week, and I look forward to seeing everyone in Atlantic City.”
Last month, James had a solid showing to kick off the season at the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun, where he advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual winner Tim Burke.
The top-ranked James had one win during the 2018 season at the Tennessee Big Shots, where he hit a 396-yard drive. He intends to return to competition in June for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash, June 3-5.