Injured David Toms out of British Open
MOLINE, Ill. -- David Toms has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal St. George's because of a hip injury.
Toms played only three holes Thursday at the John Deere Classic -- all pars -- before pulling out of the tournament and notifying the Royal & Ancient that he could not play the British Open.
He will be replaced at Royal St. George's by Simon Dyson of England. Thomas Bjorn, who took three shots from a bunker on the 16th hole at Royal St. George's in 2003 that cost him the claret jug, is the next available alternate.
Toms, 44, said Wednesday that he was dealing with a bad hip and that it was hard work just to walk around the TPC John Deere.
Robert Garrigus also withdrew during the first round of the John Deere Classic after playing eight holes because of a back problem.
Garrigus was added to the British Open field this week when Thomas Levet had to pull out because of a broken shin, an injury suffered when he jumped into a lake to celebrate his victory in the French Open last Sunday.
Garrigus' status for the British Open wasn't immediately known.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
2011 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
2011 champion: Darren Clarke
Course: Royal St. George's
Where: Sandwich, England
Yardage, par: 7,211 yards, par-70
Topics: The Open Championship