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Masters champ Matsuyama withdraws from Open

5:44 AM ET

  • Bob HarigESPN Senior Author


    • Senior golf author for ESPN.com
    • Coated golf for greater than 20 years
    • Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana College

SANDWICH, England — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from The Open, citing a current COVID-19 prognosis and his incapability to observe correctly in time for the yr’s ultimate main championship.

Matsuyama, who grew to become the primary male golfer from Japan to win a serious championship when he captured the Masters in April, examined constructive for the coronavirus on July 2 earlier than the second spherical of the Rocket Mortgage Traditional in Detroit.

He has been in quarantine since that constructive end result and the R&A reported that he’s not experiencing signs, though he has continued to check constructive.

“I am feeling positive however have not been capable of observe in preparation for The Open,” Matsuyama mentioned in an announcement launched by the R&A. “Combining that with the tough journey to the UK, my staff and I’ve determined it is best to withdraw to make sure everybody’s security.

“I really feel badly lacking The Open and sit up for taking part in once more at St Andrews subsequent yr. I would wish to thank the numerous golf followers for his or her continued concern and help as I try to return to the sport I really like as quickly as potential.”

American Harold Varner III is now within the Open subject.

The Open is working below totally different protocols than is the case on the PGA Tour. The R&A mentioned that Matsuyama would have wanted a adverse check upon arrival in England as a way to play.

Matsuyama can be allowed to return to competitors on the PGA Tour 10 days following the onset of signs or testing constructive for the virus even when his exams come again constructive. Based on Facilities for Illness Management pointers, an individual who reveals signs may proceed to check constructive for months, though he’s not deemed contagious after 10 days.

Ranked 18th on the planet, Matsuyama’s greatest end since successful the Masters was a tie for twenty sixth on the PGA Championship. He’ll now flip his consideration to the Olympic golf event, which begins July 29 outdoors of Tokyo. The following three gamers on the R&A’s reserve record for The Open are all People: Brendan Steele, John Catlin and Adam Lengthy.

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