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Lee Westwood takes time out ahead of The Open

Lee Westwood has withdrawn from next week's Alstom French Open to rest his lethargic limbs ahead of The Open.

Westwood, who tied for 15th at the US Open before finishing 74th at last weekend's Travelers Championship, will be absent at this week's Irish Open and will also miss the Scottish Open following the French Open. He is set to return to competitive action at the 142nd Open, which takes place from 18-21 July.

He said: "It is with much regret I have decided to withdraw from the French Open. A long run of events has left me fatigued. With The Open so close I [want] to get myself into the best possible condition."