PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Former PGA champion Steve Elkington withdrew from the U.S. Open Wednesday because of a sinus and ear infection that kept him from flying.

He was replaced by Rory Sabbatini of South Africa.

Elkington, an Australian who now lives in Houston, has been bothered by sinus problems of late. He had surgery in March 1998, and later that year was hopsitalized with viral meningitis.

He withdrew from last week's Buick Classic because of a severe sinus infection.