Matsuyama, Watson latest to withdraw from The Open

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Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson have withdrawn from The Open due to reasons relating to COVID-19.

Matsuyama tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the second round of last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic. He's been quarantining since then and is symptom-free, but PCR tests have continued to show positive results.

"I'm feeling fine but haven't been able to practice in preparation for The Open. Combining that with the difficult travel to the U.K., my team and I have decided it's best to withdraw to ensure everyone's safety," Matsuyama said.

"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, meanwhile, had direct exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He's vaccinated and passed a pre-travel test, but he doesn't want to risk exposure to other players and personnel onboard the flight.

Matsuyama and Watson join Matthew Wolff, Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim, and Kevin Na as notable players to withdraw.

Harold Varner III and Brendan Steele will replace the pair of Masters champions.

The 149th Open begins Thursday at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England.

Matsuyama, Watson latest to withdraw from The Open
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