Master Champion Hideki Matsuyama tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and withdrew from the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which placed his status for the Open over two weeks.
Matsuyama’s agent and interpreter, Bob Turner, said it was too early to say what the consequences were and that details were being discussed.
A player who tests positive for COVID-19 at the PGA Tournament may enter the competition again ten days after the onset of symptoms – or earlier if there are no symptoms due to consecutive negative tests – this is Monday of the Open week. in Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England.
But the R&A protocols for The Open are different, and the organization has yet to respond to questions for clarification. Players will be required to have strict “buddy” bubbles during ‘The Open’ and may not visit restaurants or grocery stores or visit other players from the premises.
Those deemed to be in close contact with someone who has COVID may also be removed from the tournament.
“It is disappointing to receive this news and withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic,” Matsuyama said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “I will take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all others. I appreciate and thank everyone in advance for their concern. I look forward to a full recovery and to returning to the competition as soon as possible. “
The PGA Tour announced earlier this week that it will end its COVID-19 test program from the week of the 3M Open in three weeks. Players who show symptoms can still be tested.
It was unclear whether Matsuyama experienced symptoms and whether he was part of a contact tracing that required him to be tested every day if he was not fully vaccinated.
Matsuyama has played four times since winning the Masters, and his best finish line for 23rd place at the PGA Championship. He drew 26th at the US Open two weeks ago.