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TWO WDs, BUT NO ALTERNATES: Joost Luiten of Belgium and David Lingmerth of Sweden were at Muirfield playing and practicing to be ready to play in case anyone had to pull out. They wound up having to go home.

Two players did withdraw, but only after their rounds started.

Peter Hanson, who has been coping with a bad back, pulled out after five holes. Louis Oosthuizen, playing with Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell, withdrew with a recurring neck injury after a bogey on the eighth hole. He was 4-over for his round. It was the second straight major the South African couldn’t finish.

“I’m bitterly disappointed to have to pull out of the Open, and it looks likely now I am going to have to take some time off and give my neck the rest I’ve been told it needs,” he said. “I thought I would be OK today as I warmed up pretty well on the range hitting balls. But then as the round progressed the pain in my neck translated into my hips and just found it increasingly uncomfortable to walk.”

Oosthuizen won the Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

His management company said the rest doctors have prescribed would mean Oosthuizen misses the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and the PGA Championship.

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ROUGH START: The British Open got underway with five balls hit from the first tee.

Peter Senior led off the 142nd Open with a tee shot down the middle. Oliver Fisher just found the left rough. The rest of the shots belonged to Lloyd Saltman. His sliced his first shot so badly that he cleared a 30-foot fence guarding the tented village, which is marked out-of-bounds. His next shot clanged off the boards of the fence and was never found, presumed to be OB. His third tee shot was in the right rough, and he scrambled for a quadruple-bogey 8.

Because of the tented village, with restaurants and exhibits, the area is marked OB. It’s rare to see white stakes in the middle of the golf course, though the R&A felt it was the best way to mark the course. Without the white stakes, players would get relief from all the structures and have a reasonable lie to play the next shot, right after hitting what could only be described as an atrocious one.