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Back issues to keep Fowler from defending in Korea

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By John Strege

Rickie Fowler has canceled plans to play in the KOLON Korea Open and the CIMB Classic in the next two weeks citing back problems.

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"I have battled a back issue for the past few months, and my doctors have instructed me that international travel and any tournament play is not in my best interest at this time," Fowler said in a statement. "They have instructed me rather to focus on a therapy regimen in order to find relief as well as prevent potential issues in the future."

Last year, Fowler won the Korea Open, his first professional victory. In May, he won the Wells Fargo Championship, his first victory on the PGA Tour. However, in his last nine PGA Tour events, he failed to finish in the top 20 in any of them.

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