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Freak injury puts Levet's Open hopes in danger

ESPN staff
July 4, 2011
Thomas Levet was left to rue his dip in the water © Getty Images

Thomas Levet's participation at the Open is in doubt after he suffered a freak injury while celebrating victory at the Open de France.

Levet came from behind to snatch victory at Le Golf National and was so happy with his win in his home tournament that he leapt into a lake in celebration.

The Frenchman was left to regret his moment of excitement, as he exited the water in some pain and it has been confirmed that he suffered a small fracture to his shin and had his leg put in a cast.

Levet has withdrawn from this week's Scottish Open and his participation at Royal St George's the following week is in doubt.

The 42-yerar-old battled through qualifying to secure his place at the Open, but will now have to hope his leg heals in time to allow him to compete in Kent.

Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal is out of the Open. He has withdrawn from the Scottish Open, which would is the last chance for players to snatch a place at Royal St George's. A spot at the third major of the year is on offer to the leading non-exempt player providing he finishes in the top five.

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