McBeth To Sit Out St. Jude Charity Tournament

Back ailment has the reigning world champion focusing on NTs, Majors.

Paul McBeth will skip this year's St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational to rehabilitate from an injury. Photo: Innova Discs
Paul McBeth will skip this year’s St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational to rehabilitate from an injury. Photo: Innova Discs

Europe has not been kind to Paul McBeth.

Sure, he set a course record at the Konopiště Open and won every event he played overseas in 2015, but the continent is also where he suffered a back injury that has dogged him since last July.

That malady flared up again during his recent trip to the Czech Republic, McBeth said, and as a result he has decided to skip the St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational on May 27 in Seaside, California.

“I’m only really playing [this weekend’s] Masters Cup because it’s a National Tour [event],” McBeth said. “If I could, I would take both off and then get ready for the big swing of the majors.”

McBeth did acknowledge that, after a couple weeks of rehabilitation that has focused on increasing his flexibility and functional mobility, he is feeling as good as he has all season.

“Even though I won those first three tournaments [this season], I never felt like I was ready,” McBeth said. “I still felt like my putting was rusty, my drives and all that stuff, and still up until this last event I felt rusty and not ready for the year. So to have three wins and three seconds, I was stoked about that. I didn’t expect that at all with the preparation that I put into it, which wasn’t much. Now I finally feel like I’m ready for the year.”

McBeth finished in second place at last year’s St. Jude tournament, which raised more than $200,000 for the children’s hospital.

  1. Steve Hill
    Steve Hill

    Steve Hill is the editor of Ultiworld Disc Golf. He provides reviews from the perspective of a low-powered player at Noodle Arm Disc Golf, and in the past served as the associate editor for Rattling Chains. Contact him at steve.hill@ultiworld.com or on Twitter.

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