Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from British Open

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from the 2021 British Open citing the lack of practice due to quarantine and travel restrictions.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.

 

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama is a Japanese professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship – the 2021 Masters Tournament. (wikipedia)

 

2021 Open Championship

The 2021 Open Championship, officially the 149th Open Championship, is a golf tournament that is scheduled to be played 15–18 July 2021 at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. (wikipedia)

 

Royal St George’s Golf Club

The Royal St George’s Golf Club located in Sandwich, Kent, England, (wikipedia)

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