Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from the 2021 British Open citing the lack of practice due to quarantine and travel restrictions.
“I’m feeling fine but haven’t been able to practice in preparation for The Open,” he said in a statement. “Combining that with the difficult travel to the UK, my team and I have decided it’s best to withdraw to ensure everyone’s safety. I feel badly missing The Open and look forward to playing again at St. Andrews next year.”
Previously, Matsuyama was also forced to withdraw from last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic after his Covid-19 test returned positive.
Matsuyama also said that he would be preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I’m really looking forward to the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Matsuyama after winning the Masters.
Matsuyama will be replaced in the field by Harold Varner III.