Originally created 06/29/02

Ballesteros withdraws from British Open



MUIRFIELD, Scotland -- Seve Ballesteros withdrew from the British Open on Friday, choosing to pass on a tournament he has won three times.

Ballesteros, who has won five majors, gave no reason for withdrawing from the July 18-21 tournament at Muirfield, Scotland. He has played in the last 27 British Opens, missing the cut the last six years.

"He faxed us to tell us he was withdrawing but there was no reason given at all," the Open's spokesman Stewart McDougall said. "He's a very popular player and will be missed."

The 45-year-old Ballesteros won the British Open at Royal Lytham in 1979 and '88, and won at St. Andrews in 1984.

Ballesteros was disqualified from the Irish Open on Thursday after signing an incorrect scorecard.

Ballesteros, playing in the Irish Open after an eight-week break, was disqualified for signing a 10 on the par-5 final hole when he shot a 12.

Ballesteros, who won the Masters in 1980 and '83, is winless since the 1995 Spanish Open.