Hideki Matsuyama has officially withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open this Friday due to a neck injury. The timing of this development isn’t exactly ideal considering the Masters is just a week away.
Matsuyama became the first Japanese winner of the Masters Tournament last year, shooing a 10-under 278.
While it’s possible that Matsuyama withdrew from the Valero Texas Open to make sure he can compete at the Masters next week, there’s currently no guarantee that he’ll compete at Augusta National.
As of now though, Matsuyama is part of the field for next week’s tournament.
Hideki Matsuyama WD during round two of the Valero Texas Open with a neck injury.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) April 1, 2022
Earlier this week, we learned that Harris English won’t compete at the Masters because he’s still recovering from a torn labrum in his hip. It would be very unfortunate if Matsuyama has to withdraw as well.
After all, golf fans would like to see if Matsuyama can successfully defending his Masters title.
Hopefully, Matsuyama provides a positive update on his neck injury in the coming days.
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