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Karlsson withdraws from British Open

LONDON -- Swede Robert Karlsson, the 2008 European No. 1, has withdrawn from this month's British Open at Turnberry because of a long-term eye problem, the BBC said on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old, ranked 15th in the world and a nine-time winner on the European Tour, is suffering from a blister behind the retina and has not played since the European Open in May.

The British Open runs from July 16-19.