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Berger WDs from The Open, replaced by Lovemark

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A strained left shoulder will keep Daniel Berger out of The Open.

Berger suffered the injury at the U.S. Open and withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after one shot. The 23-year-old, who earned his first PGA Tour title last month at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, said he is expected to make a full recovery after rest and treatment.

“I desperately wanted to compete,” he said, “but I decided it is important to focus on getting 100 percent healthy for the remainder of the season.”

Jamie Lovemark will take Berger’s spot in the field and play in his first Open. Colt Knost is the first alternate should another player withdraw.

Berger tied for 10th at the Masters and finished 37th at last month’s U.S. Open. He missed the cut in his lone British Open appearance last year.