Hideki Matsuyama – the owner of major Masters 2021 had to stop competing in Rocket Mortgage Classic of the PGA Tour due to being positive for nCoV just before the second round, on July 2.

“It’s very disappointing to receive bad news. I will take all necessary measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety. I hope to recover soon for a quick rematch,” Matsuyama said in a personal statement. about infection.

Winning the Masters in April at -10, Matsuyama is the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major. Before that, the cherry blossom country only held female golfers at the same event – ​​Hisako Higuchi at the Women’s PGA Championship 1977 and Hinako Shibuno at the Women’s Open 2019.

This health incident leaves open the possibility of Matsuyama attending the major The Open Championship in Sandwich, England with four main rounds in the frame from July 15 to July 18.

According to the regulations of the PGA Tour, golfers can replay after 10 days of isolation or have no typical symptoms and test negative twice within 24 hours. In this condition, Jon Rahm belonged to the latter, promptly arrived at the major US Open and was crowned champion on June 21.

Matsuyama had to stop competing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic due to a personal medical problem.  Photo: AP

Matsuyama had to stop competing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic due to a personal medical problem. Image: AP

In the first round of Rocket Mortgage Classic, Matsuyama fought with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. However, the PGA Tour determined that both American players were not subject to traceability.

“Definitely my heart is not at rest because the whole first day of the tournament I was near Matsuyama. However, considering the situation, I still keep a distance of 1.8 meters even though I have been vaccinated. I think we are showing our responsibility. I hope he can compete for The Open and I hope everyone in the group is safe,” Mickelson shared on the website. Golf Digest.

Yesterday, Mickelson finished his second game with 72 strokes, scored -3 after 36 holes and just received tickets for the weekend. Because of that achievement right at the cutoff line.

Bryson DeChambeau became the former champion by only reaching -1. The top of the table belongs to Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis, at -10. Both were bogey for two rounds.

Niemann was born in 1998, has won a championship in 87 PGA Tour events and is currently ranked 30th in the world golf rankings (OWGR). Lewis is eight years older than Niemann, has not won a title through the number of appearances on the PGA Tour than half of his juniors. Lewis is ranked 132nd OWGR.

The PGA Tour is expected to drop testing requirements for tournament participants and stop the isolation allowance from July 22 – the opening day of the 3M Open in Minnesota.

Due to Covid-19, the PGA Tour closed the arena on March 13, 2020, rematched and deployed epidemic prevention barriers from June 11 of the same year. To date, they have discovered more than 26 positive golfers, including big names like Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson who are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the world respectively (OWGR table), Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Gary Woodland and Padraig Harrington. However, the number of infected players did not seriously change or be hospitalized.

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