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Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from event after positive COVID-19 test

Hideki Matsuyama reacts after putting the 17th during the first round of Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Hideki Matsuyama reacts after putting the 17th during the first round of Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.

“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.”

Matsuyama, who is 18th in the Official World Golf Rankings, shot a 2-under-par 70 in the first round on Thursday.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, who were paired with the 29-year-old Japanese golfer, will play as a twosome on Friday afternoon.

–Field Level Media