Celebratory Splash Rules Levet out of British Open

Fractured right fibula causes Levet to withdraw from Open

PARIS, July 6, 2011 (AFP) - France's Thomas Levet withdrew from the British Open on Wednesday after fracturing his right fibula when he jumped into a pond to celebrate his French Open win last weekend.

After clinching his first ever French Open success, and sixth European Tour victory, on Sunday, Levet launched himself barefoot into a pond protecting the 18th green at Le Golf National but hurt himself on the rocks at the bottom.

The 42-year-old will undergo surgery on Thursday and revealed that he is likely to be sidelined for four weeks, meaning he will also miss the US PGA Championship in August.

"I'm extremely disappointed to miss the British Open that takes place next week at the Royal St George's course but my doctor advised me to undergo surgery on my fractured fibula on Thursday morning," said Levet.

America's Robert Garrigus will replace Levet at the British Open, which takes place at Royal St George's from July 10-17.