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Faldo withdraws from European Open

Nick Faldo on Monday withdrew from this week's European Open after suffering a stomach ailment.

``I'm really disappointed to have let everyone down, particularly my fans over in Ireland,'' said Faldo, who has gastroenteritis.

The event, starting Thursday, was scheduled to be Faldo's first appearance since finishing fifth in the U.S Open last month.

``I was looking forward to returning to Dublin and playing at the K Club, but this illness has knocked me for six and it's going to take a week to get back up to strength,'' he said.

``I was suffering a heavy cold at the end of last week, which then developed into gastroenteritis. I've had to spend the last couple of days in bed.

Faldo, 44, said he hoped to recover in time for the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond next week in preparation for the Open later this month.

This year, the Open is at Muirfield, where Faldo won his first major in 1987. He also won the event in 1992.

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