Matsuyama tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from PGA Tour event

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, the PGA Tour said on Friday.

Hideki Matsuyama in action (File photo).   -  AP

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, the PGA Tour said on Friday.

The Japanese world No. 18 played the opening round on Thursday with six-times major champion Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler and shot an even-par 70 at Detroit Golf Club that left him seven shots back of the leader.

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"It's disappointing to receive this news," said Matsuyama, promising to take all necessary precautions.

"I look forward to a full recovery and returning to competition as soon as possible."

Matsuyama, who in April became the first Japanese man to win a golf major, is considered a contender to light the cauldron at the Tokyo Games' opening ceremony on July 23 and is expected to compete in the Olympic golf competition from July 29.

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