Lee Westwood pulls out of French Open
The Open: Lee Westwood pulls out of French Open to prepare for Muirfield next month
Lee Westwood has pulled out of next week's French Open to focus all his attention on preparing for The Open Championship at Muirfield.
After an exhausting run of tournaments in the build-up to the US Open at Merion earlier this month - where Westwood finished joint 15th - he says he'd like to take some time out to recover from his demanding schedule.
"A long run of events has left me fatigued and with The Open so close I have decided to get myself into the best possible condition," he is quoted by Sky Sports.
"The French Open has always been one of my favourite tournaments and I love both Paris and Versailles, so this decision was not taken lightly and I look forward to returning in the future."
The 40-year-old has fond memories of Le Golf National tournament, having finished in the top ten on four separate occasions, coming closest to winning the competition in 2009 when he lost in a play-off against German Martin Kaymer.
Last year, Westwood suffered an injury scare when he slipped over walking to the first tee on day three of the competition. He recovered to complete his round, but dropped out of contention after a round of 76.
Despite Westwood's omission in 2013, the oldest golf tournament on continental Europe will still play host to a number of last year's victorious Ryder Cup team, including Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who will be joined by current world number five, American golfer Matt Kuchar.