The Open 2014: Mark Calcavecchia withdraws as David Hearn comes in
Last Updated: 15/07/14 8:02pm
Former champion Mark Calcavecchia has withdrawn from the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, apparently because of travel-related issues from the United States.
Tournament officials made the announcement on their Twitter feed on Tuesday, giving no reason but saying the American would be replaced by first alternate David Hearn of Canada.
Several hours before the announcement was made, Calcavecchia tweeted: "Right now I thought I'd be on 3rd hole of mini practice rd at the Open!! Best we could do is a flight to West Palm Beach."
Calcavecchia, 54, won the 1989 Open at Royal Troon for his only major success.
Hearn, who will be making his debut in the tournament, will play the first two rounds with three-time champion Nick Faldo and American Todd Hamilton, who won at Royal Troon in 2004.
First reserve is now America's Daniel Summerhays.