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Marino hurting after he has to withdraw from AT&T National

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Cheers and Jeers,Kevin Dunleavy

Talking about his sore left knee, Steve Marino sounded a little like Tiger Woods on Wednesday after the Fairfax native withdrew from the AT&T National.

"Just having a hard time walking without a limp and having a hard time posting on my left side," Marino said. "It's just not acting right."

It was another setback for Marino, 32, in what is looking like a lost year after complications following routine meniscus surgery in October. Marino returned in January, playing in pain in three tournaments -- and making the cut in two -- before discovering he had a bone contusion and avascular necrosis, which restricts blood flow to the injured area.

After four more months off, Marino had played in three tournaments this month with little pain. But on Tuesday Marino felt a twinge. On Wednesday, it was more than that.

This will be the first time the W.T. Woodson and University of Virginia graduate has missed the AT&T. He led it after the first round in 2008.

"It's pretty disappointing," Marino said. "But you gotta listen to your body."

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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