PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Defending champion Charl Schwartzel withdrew from the Valspar Championship pro-am after 10 holes because of something that has never happened to him: He got hit by a golf ball.
On his first hole at Innisbrook on Wednesday, a shot by one of his amateur partners ricocheted off a tree and struck him in the left wrist as he instinctively moved his arms below his waist to avoid it being more painful.
“It’s not his fault. He hit it forward, it hit the tree and came bouncing back at some speed,” Schwartzel said, starting to laugh at his media availability. “I’m just happy — it was going for my private parts and I just gave it a little stop.”
He said his left…