Golf & COVID-19

Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama WDs after positive COVID-19 test

July 02, 2021

Gregory Shamus

Hideki Matsuyama was forced to withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic Friday due to registering a positive COVID-19 test.

Matsuyama’s WD came before his second round at Detroit Golf Club. He had turned in a two-under 70 on Thursday.

“It’s disappointing to receive this news and have to withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic,” Matsuyama said in a statement. “I will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all others. I appreciate and thank everyone for their concern in advance. I look forward to a full recovery and returning to competition as soon as possible.”

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, Matsuyama’s first-round playing partners, went off as a twosome Friday.

Matsuyama, 29, captured the Masters in April, becoming the first Japanese male player to win a major championship. He is scheduled to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics later this month.

Earlier this week the PGA Tour told its players that it will discontinue required COVID-19 testing for vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants starting at the 3M Open, which begins on July 22. “We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition,” said PGA Tour Senior Vice President Tyler Dennis in a memo.

The tour, which does not require vaccinations to compete, has not disclosed how many players or other participants have been vaccinated.