Major celebrations keep Cabrera at home

Angel Cabrera appears intent on enjoying his US Open victory to the full.

Angel Cabrera appears intent on enjoying his US Open victory to the full.

After rejecting a chance to play in this week’s BMW International Open in Munich the first South American to win a major for 40 years has now pulled out of next week’s French Open in Paris.

“I’m not surprised – he’s probably doing parades all through Argentina,” said Paul Casey today.

Cabrera held off world number one Tiger Woods and world number three Jim Furyk to triumph at Oakmont last Sunday.

Two more withdrawals from next week’s event are Darren Clarke and Ian Woosnam.

Clarke has fallen out of the world’s top 100 this season in the worst slump of his career. He failed to qualify for last week’s US Open and an opening two-over par 72 in the US Tour’s Travelers Championship yesterday left him in danger of a seventh successive missed cut.

He and Cabrera should now next appear at the Smurfit European Open at the K Club near Dublin in two weeks’ time.

But whether Woosnam is able to return to the scene of last September’s Ryder Cup triumph remains to be seen.

The former world number one’s struggles have been even worse than Clarke’s this year after he began to suffer post-viral fatigue syndrome.

Woosnam has not made a single cut in just five events, retiring during the Spanish and Irish Opens and pulling out before the start of the Masters at Augusta, the Italian Open, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Wales Open.

Now the French Open can be added to that list.

Fifty next March and eligible for the Seniors Tour then, Woosnam is not exempt for next month’s Open championship and his current world ranking of 603rd makes him only a reserve for the qualifying event at Sunningdale on Monday week.

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