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Jean Van de Velde to miss Open at Carnoustie

Jean Van de Velde has decided not to play next week's Scottish Open and now has no chance of qualifying for the following week's British Open at Carnoustie.

Van de Velde, the man who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 1999 British Open at the Carnoustie venue, is suffering a from mystery illness which first struck in April.

The illness, which causes sickness and fatigue, forced him to pull out of last Monday's international final qualifying and the Scottish Open was his only route to Carnoustie.

The Frenchman went for tests on Tuesday but even though they proved inconclusive he feels not fit enough to play the Loch Lomond event which he needed to win to qualify for the British Open.

Manager Jamie Cunningham told reporters on Friday: "The tests are still not clear and he will be going for more, but Jean doesn't feel he can compete next week. In fact he's not even sure he can play four rounds.

"He is obviously crushingly disappointed because he knows just what that means."

Van de Velde had made it his main goal this season to try to gain redemption at Carnoustie where his triple-bogey at the final hole eight years ago threw the major into a playoff, which was won by Scot Paul Lawrie.



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