Whitehouse shot 68-68 in qualifying at North Berwick and was second alternate when he bogeyed the second hole of a three-man playoff for two spots in the championship.
Perry, who did not cite a reason for the withdrawal, was scheduled to play with Jose Maria Olazabal in the opening two rounds and is currently ranked 18th on the PGA Tour money list.
Now the young rookie Whitehouse will be the one to play along side the two-time Masters champion. 'My mobile has been going off so often in the last couple of days that when it rang yesterday as we were coming off the 18th green here at Muirfield I asked my caddy to answer it. He said 'I think you had better talk to this guy'. It was Rhodrie Price from the R&A who told me that Kenny Perry had withdrawn and that I was playing in the Open.'
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