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    HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- Steve Stricker has withdrawn from The Open Championship next week at Royal Liverpool. It's the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule.

    Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. Ishikawa has missed the cut in three of four Open Championship appearances, finishing 27th in 2010 at St. Andrews.

    Stricker last year began reducing his schedule to spend more time with his family. He thought about playing the Open this year, though it looked unlikely when he added The Greenbrier Classic to his schedule and his wife caddied for him.

    Ishikawa won in Japan last week for his first victory since November 2012. That win moved him from 99th to 76th in the Official World Golf Ranking and enabled him to be the first alternate.

    Ross Fisher of England is next on the reserve list, followed by David Hearn, Daniel Summerhays and Seung-yul Noh.

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