World Golf number 19 Steve Stricker from the USA has withdrawn from next week’s 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and been replaced in the open golf field at Hoylake by first reserve Ryo Ishikawa from Japan.
The American golfer has played a much reduced PGA Tour schedule over the past couple of seasons and also opted not to compete at Muirfield in The Open 2013 last year, choosing to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary instead.
Speaking during last month’s 2014 US Open Golf Championship at Pinehurst, the 47-year-old US Golf star said he was undecided about making the trip to Liverpool, England.
“Ask me tomorrow, I could be going, ask me another day, I could be going home,” he said. “I’m leaning toward not going. I’m thinking about throwing in Greenbrier and then the John Deere (Classic).
“It’s a long trip and I’m not too fired up about it. But then I look at it, and it’s a major. And I should be going there.”
Ross Fisher of England has now moved up to first reserve and Canada’s David Hearn is also a step closer in 2nd alternate spot to playing in the Open 2014..