Anthony Kim, Erik Compton WD from Valero Texas Open

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Two well-known players, one on the rise and one apparently on the decline, have withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open.

Anthony Kim is trying to make a career comeback, but he continues to run aground. He withdrew from the tournament after 14 holes because of a wrist injury, citing numbness in his arm. He'll seek an MRI for his injury. This marks the second consecutive tournament, after the Shell Houston Open, from which Kim has withdrawn. The days of 2008, when he was one of golf's brightest young stars, seem far away now.

Meanwhile, Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient who's now playing on his first Tour card, withdrew after just nine holes. He cited weakness, but told Golf Talk Central via text that he's "fine." Up till now, Compton had made seven of nine cuts.

Different concerns for both — with Kim, this is another career setback; with Compton, you never want to see any kind of weakness — so, bottom line, as unfortunate as it is to see familiar names out of the tournament, hopefully it's for the sake of better times ahead.

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