Player pulled rib muscles working out too hard in his attempt to go through the 36-hole qualifier for the Open, which begins Sunday.
The 66-year-old was attempting to become the oldest golfer to make it through the qualifier. He is no longer exempt for the British Open because of the age limit of 65 for past champions. Player won the British Open three times, the first of which took place in 1959 at Muirfield, the site of next week's British Open.
'I am just devastated and cannot put into words my deep disappointment,' said Player. 'Muirfield was the site of my first major championship win, and not to compete there this year is truly heartbreaking.'
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