Howell turns down spot in Open Championship


Two days after he was added to the field at Royal Liverpool, Charles Howell III has reportedly turned down a spot in the Open Championship.

According to a report from the U.K's Press Association, Howell has opted not to tee it up in England in two weeks, and will be replaced in the field by Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.

Howell was one of 10 alternates added to the field Wednesday by virtue of his standing in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has made the cut in four of eight prior Open appearances, with his best finish coming in 2011 when he tied for 28th.

No official reason was given for the decision, though Howell told Friday that he opted out for "family reasons." Howell has six top-10 finishes in 22 starts on the PGA Tour this season, highlighted by a tie for third at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May. He is in the field this week at The Greenbrier Classic and shot a 3-under 67 in the opening round.

Chris Stroud is now the first alternate for the Open, followed by Ross Fisher and David Hearn.