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Thomas Bjorn and Richard Stern withdraw from US Open

Thomas Bjorn is the latest big name player to announce his withdrawal from the US Open as neck and shoulder injuries force the big Dane onto the side lines.

Bjorn put in a stellar performance at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month and came close to winning the event, but now sees himself on the outside looking in as the second major of the year draws close.

Amateur Andrew Dorn, the first alternative from the sectional qualifier in Springfield, Ohio, replaces Bjorn in the field at Pinehurst.

Ranked at 23rd in the world and strongly backed for the European Ryder Cup team, Bjorn looked to be in decent shape before struggling in the final 18 holes of the PGA tournament, which was eventually won by Rory McIlroy.

Richard Sterne has also withdrawn from the tournament, citing a slow recovery from an undisclosed injury as the reason for him pulling out of such a big event. The South African has been replaced by Scott Langley, who was the first alternative from the Memphis sectional qualifying event.

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