Matthew Wolff was among three golfers to withdraw from next week’s The Open Championship on Saturday.
The R&A also announced K.H. Lee of South Korea and Danny Lee of Australia had pulled out.
K.H. Lee, ranked No. 70 in the world, isn’t playing due to the birth of his first child. Danny Lee won’t play because of a back injury.
Wolff, who at 22 is ranked No. 35 in the world, talked at the U.S. Open in June about the break he took after the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in late April. He cited burnout for the nearly two-month break.
“I think I just put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “It was a hard decision because I’m so new on Tour and it’s my first or second year and I didn’t want to walk away. I don’t even think I could, to be honest, and then when I finally started to get to a bad enough spot, honestly I was like, you know what, I need some time.”
“Mental health is a really big problem, and we [professional athletes] play a lot of golf and/or play a lot of games,” he said. “Any professional athlete has to deal with a lot more stress and pressure than most people, and it just kind of got to me. But I’ve been working on it, I’ve been learning and I think that’s all I can do.”
The R&A replaced him at The Open with Andy Sullivan of England, ranked No. 81 in the world.
Playing in place of K.H. Lee will be Antoine Rozner of France, the world No. 84.
The world’s No. 85 player, American Troy Merritt, will take the spot of Danny Lee. Merritt lost a playoff and finished tied for second last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Danny Lee withdrew from the John Deere Classic on Friday because of back discomfort.
The Open is scheduled to be played next Thursday through Sunday at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England.
–Field Level Media