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Palmer withdraws from Senior Open

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Arnold Palmer withdrew from next week's
U.S. Senior Open because his game is not up to his standards, the
second time this year he has pulled out of a senior major.

"In my judgment, my golf right now is far below the level that
I would feel comfortable with as a bona fide contestant," Palmer
said in a statement Friday. "I hope that the fans who have given
me such wonderful support over the years will understand and accept
this decision."

Palmer had played 25 straight times in the U.S. Senior Open,
winning in 1981 at Oakland Hills. He has not played a tournament
since last October on the Champions Tour, and his last competitive
golf came at the Champions Skins Game in February.