Levet injures leg celebrating French Open win, might be out of British

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Thomas Levet's soggy celebration on Sunday might put a damper on his trip to the British Open.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Monday, July 04, 2011 | 6:05 p.m.

Jumping in a lake to celebrate his French Open win has put Thomas Levet out of this week's Barclays Scottish Open -- and quite possibly the British Open as well.

The 42-year-old Frenchman suffered a small fracture to his shin, and had his leg put in a cast Monday.

Levet, who lost a five-hole playoff to Ernie Els in the 2002 Open at Muirfield, will receive intensive treatment and will consult a specialist again later this week before making a decision about whether to travel to Royal St. George’s next week.

The former Ryder Cup player won his national Open by a shot over England's Mark Foster and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen 25 years after first playing in the event.

He had already come through a qualifier at Sunningdale for the British Open, but now has a question mark over his participation just like Tiger Woods, who has not played since mid-May because of knee and Achilles injuries, and Vijay Singh, who pulled out of last week's event in America because of back trouble.

Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal and big-hitting fellow Spaniard Alvaro Quiros have also withdrawn from this week's event.

For Olazabal, who has battled with rheumatic pains for well over a decade, it means he will not be part of the Open. He was due to take part in a qualifying tournament in Kent last week, but pulled out of that and the French Open.

The Scottish Open would have been his last chance. An Open spot is on offer to the leading non-exempt player providing he finishes in the top five.