Goosen pulls out of Open with injured back

Double U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has pulled out of the British Open because of a back injury,...

South Africa’s Retief Goosen. Picture: AFP

Double U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has pulled out of the British Open because of a back injury, organisers said Friday.

The South African, who is ranked 21st in the world, carded a six-over-par 76 in the opening round at Royal St George's on Thursday.

Goosen's withdrawal means that his first-round playing partners Anders Hansen of Denmark and American Hunter Mahan will go out as a two-ball at 1432 local time.

The 42-year-old Goosen, who won the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2004, was making his 17th appearance at the British Open. His best finishes are a tie for fifth at St Andrews in 2005 and at Turnberry four years later.