Karlsson withdraws from British Open

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And if no one else withdraws on Thursday, it will be a moot point.

The Open essentially was overbooked this year because more players were exempt than officials anticipated. There were 160 players who were exempt or qualified. Mark O’Meara, Jason Day and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson previously pulled out.

An additional tee time had been created to account for the additional player, and the Open was to begin Thursday morning with twosomes for the opening two times. Now, Garth Mulroy will move up one place and join Barry Lane and James Driscoll in the first group, while Richard Finch will move down to early afternoon and take Karlsson’s spot with Branden Grace and Mark Wilson.

If there is another withdrawal, the reserve list will be activated.

Crane, who has dealt with back problems for much of his career, had to decide whether it was worth the risk of flying across eight time zones with no guarantee of a tee time.

Thompson came over needing as many as three players to withdraw, though he at least was able to play Royal Lytham & St. Annes before Thursday and prepare like the rest of the players. If he didn’t get in, he said he would tour the English countryside with his wife.

Matteo Manassero of Italy, now the second alternate, was on his way.

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