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September 1 2012

1:39 AM

Levin WDs due to personal reasons

NORTON, Mass. -- Spencer Levin withdrew from the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday after completing his first round.

Levin cited personal reasons for his early exit. He was playing for the first time since the death of his step-brother Blake Wiklund, who was six months older than Levin, on Aug. 18. The funeral was held last Friday.

“I was thinking about playing this weekend and I just figured he would have wanted me to play,” Levin told the Golf Channel on Wednesday. “I hadn’t played any golf at home last week and just wanted to get out of the house and try to get away for a little bit and clear my head.

“I know it’s going to be hard because I think about him all the time.”

Levin, who shot 80 on Friday at TPC Boston, came into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 66th in the FedExCup standings. He will not earn any points this week and was projected No. 86 after the first round.

Only the top 70 when the Deutsche Bank Championship concludes on Monday advance to next week's BMW Championship.

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