Katayama withdraws with back injury

Updated: July 12, 2009, 9:38 AM ET
Associated Press

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Shingo Katayama of Japan has withdrawn from the British Open because of an injury that forces him to skip his second straight major championship.

He was replaced in the field Sunday by Steve Marino of the United States, who will be playing his first major.

Katayama finished fourth in the Masters, two shots out of the playoff won by Angel Cabrera. He has been bothered by an upper back injury this summer, however, which earlier forced his withdrawal from the U.S. Open.

Katayama is the sixth player to withdraw from the British Open, which starts Thursday at Turnberry.


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