This week’s Open Championship has actually experienced an expanding variety of late withdrawals because of the influence of Covid-19, with ruling Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama as well as two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson both verifying that they will certainly not be teeing it up at Royal St George’s on Thursday.

Bubba Watson is amongst a variety of high account gamers that will certainly not be dipping into the 149th Open Championship because of Covid-associated concerns

Matsuyama evaluated favorable for Covid-19 in the United States on July 2, yet he has actually revealed no signs as well as maintained hope of taking a trip to England. The return of additional favorable PCR examinations, nonetheless, as well as a lack of ability to damage devoid of seclusion ways Matsuyama will certainly miss out on the 4th as well as last significant of the year, an event currently impacted by gamer withdrawals.

“I’m feeling fine, but haven’t been able to practise in preparation for the Open,” Matsuyama stated. “Combining that with the difficult travel to the UK, my team and I have decided it’s best to withdraw to ensure everyone’s safety. I feel badly missing the Open and look forward to playing again at St Andrews next year. I’d like to thank the many golf fans for their continued concern and support as I strive to return to the game I love as soon as possible.”

Watson stated that he had actually had “direct exposure” to a person that has actually evaluated favorable for Covid-19, which eliminated a journey the UK for the period’s last significant. “While I am vaccinated and have passed the required pre-travel Covid test, not enough time has passed for me to comfortably join the charter flight [from the US] and risk exposure to the other players and personnel on board,” he stated. Brendan Steele, from California, has actually tipped from the book checklist to take Watson’s place.