Injured Oosthuizen, Hanson withdraw

Louis Oosthuizen, Peter Hanson pull out of British Open

Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson withdrew from the British Open because of injuries midway through their first rounds on Thursday.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was 4 over par through eight holes when he pulled out after teeing off on No. 9.

''As the round progressed," the South African said, "the pain in my neck translated into my hips and I found it increasingly uncomfortable to walk.''

Oosthuizen withdrew from last month's US Open at Merion after the first round, citing a hip problem.

Hanson, a Swede who played for Europe at last year's Ryder Cup, lasted five holes before pulling out with a back injury that had troubled him before the tournament. He was 2 over par.

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