Havret to skip Munich

Gregory Havret, Graeme McDowell’s rival-in-chief at the US Open is out of this week’s BMW International Open.

Frenchman Gregory Havret, who was one shot away from forcing a play-off with Graeme McDowell at the US Open on Sunday night, has withdrawn from this week’s BMW International Open in Munich.
The 33-year-old, who only qualified for Pebble Beach in a sudden death shoot-out at Walton Heath a month ago, flew back to Europe from California last night and decided that fatigue and jet-lag called for rest rather than another event straightaway.
He and McDowell, who had already scheduled a week off, will be back in action at next week’s French Open in Paris.
Havret’s withdrawal lets Scotland’s former PGA champion Scott Drummond into a field which includes Ernie Els – third at the weekend – Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Sir Nick Faldo.
Having entered for The Open at St Andrews in three weeks Faldo, now 52, is taking a break from his television commentary work in America to get in some tournament practice.
His last European Tour appearance was The Open last year and he missed the cut for the third time in a row.
Havret is the third Frenchman to finish runner-up in a major in recent years.
Jean Van de Velde famously triple-bogeyed the last and then lost a play-off to Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie in 1999 and eight years ago Thomas Levet took Els to a fifth extra hole before losing at Muirfield.