British Open: Justin Rose withdraws because of back injury

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Sports

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):8:40 a.m.Justin Rose has withdrawn from the British Open because of a back injury.He has been replaced in the field by Rikuya Hoshino of Japan. The No. 50-ranked Rose appeared to be struggling with a back problem as he walked off the course Wednesday in his practice round.Rose finished tied for fourth as an amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998. The Englishman has two other top-10 finishes at the Open, in 2015 and ’18.———6:45 a.m.The silver claret jug was first awarded 150 years ago to the British Open champion. There it was Thursday morning on the first tee at St. Andrews as golf’s oldest championship began.Paul Lawrie of Scotland, the Open champion from 1999, was selected to hit the first shot of this historic week that is all about the 150th edition at the home of golf. He used a yellow golf ball and found the wide fairway. The gutta-percha was the golf ball of choice in 1860 when the British Open began at Prestwick.The 150th Open accounts for the championship being canceled by two world wars, one pandemic and one other occasion. …

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