Reigning US Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from the 149th Open at Royal St George’s after returning a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at.
Matsuyama examined optimistic forward of the second spherical of the Rocket Mortgage Basic on July 2 and has been self-isolating since.
He’s at present symptom-free however subsequent PCR exams have continued to point out optimistic outcomes.
“I am feeling high quality however have not been in a position to observe in preparation for the Open,” stated Matsuyama in an announcement.
“Combining that with the troublesome journey to the UK, my workforce and I’ve determined it is best to withdraw to make sure everybody’s security.
“I really feel badly lacking The Open and look ahead to enjoying once more at St Andrews subsequent 12 months.
“I might prefer to thank the numerous golf followers for his or her continued concern and assist as I attempt to return to the sport I like as quickly as attainable.”
Matsuyama, 29, has been changed within the competitors by American Harold Varner III.