/Former champ Curtis out of British Open, Finau into field

Former champ Curtis out of British Open, Finau into field


AP

Published 9:48 a.m. ET July 12, 2017 | Updated 9:48 a.m. ET July 12, 2017

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Former champion Ben Curtis has pulled out of next week’s British Open and been replaced in the field by fellow American Tony Finau.

The R&A has not given a reason for Curtis’ withdrawal Wednesday.

U.S. player James Hahn has been promoted to first reserve.

Curtis won the British Open in 2003 at Royal St. George’s when a big outsider.

The 2017 tournament is staged at Royal Birkdale in the northwest of England from July 20-23.

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