Charles Howell III withdraws

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Charles Howell III is skipping the Open Championship because of "a personal family reason," he said Friday at the Greenbrier Classic.

Earlier in the day, the R&A announced Howell chose not to play in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool. He was replaced by Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.

Howell and six others were added to the field this week through their spots in the Official World Golf Ranking.