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Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were all qualified but each declined to take part

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SERGIO GARCIA will not watch the final rounds of the Open for the first time in a decade this weekend - because he feels it is not worthy of his attention. The 19-year-old Spaniard, who is regarded as one of the world's most promising players, suffered a humiliating exit at Carnoustie last night, adding a second round 83 to his opening 89 for a 30- over- par total of 172. The Irish Open champion, who only 10 days ago shot 62 at Loch Lomond, finished last of the 156-strong field.

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Golf: First Tee - Letter of the lore down to a tee

ALL HIGHWAYS lead to Carnoustie for The Open this week but for those less than enamoured at the prospect of a festival of golf, take the low road to Carnousie. If Carnoustie is Scotland's sleeping giant, Carnousie is its dormant mouse.

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