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Bristol golfer Chris Wood happy to take biking break

Chris Wood
Wood will be at St Andrews next month looking to keep up his Open record

Bristol's Chris Wood is getting 'on his bike' to take a short break from golf.

The 22-year-old, who finished tied for 15th on Sunday in Estoril, now has a free week, having failed to qualify for Thursday's US Open at Pebble Beach.

And Wood, 34th in the Race to Dubai and 37th in the Ryder Cup rankings, intends to spend time recharging his batteries.

"I'm doing some mountain biking, which will be a nice little break," Wood told BBC Sport. "I'm looking forward to getting away from golf for a few days."

Wood has enjoyed three Top 10 finishes in European Tour events this season, in Italy, Majorca and at Wentworth, all three of which came in May.

But, after a tie for 46th at Celtic Manor and last week's efforts at the Estoril Open de Portugal, where he shot two 69s and a third round 66 before falling away with a final day 76, he has taken the advice of his manager Chubby Chandler to free wheel for a few days.

"It's something I used to do," said Wood. "Chubby has said that I needed to find something different to golf when I'm at home."

Wood returns to action at the BMW International Open in Munich on 24 June.

He then has only the French Open and the Scottish Open before heading to St Andrews, where he will put his proud Open record on the line.

In two appearances at the Open Championship to date, Wood has not finished out of the top five.

He tied for fifth in 2008 at Royal Birkdale, where he won the Silver Medal as leading amateur.

And he then bettered it at Turnberry last July, finishing tied for third, missing the play-off by just one shot.



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