Matsuyama retires from Memphis with a neck injury | Ap Sports News

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama pulled out of the FedEx St. Jude Championship on Wednesday with a neck injury, saying he hoped he could return to the playoffs.

Matsuyama, the first Japanese to win a major championship, is a two-time PGA Tour winner this season and enters the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 11 seed. With points counting four times as much in the playoffs, he was sure to lose places in the standings.

Of more concern are the injuries that have been bothering him since March.

The former Masters champion missed the Players Championship and Dell Match Play due to a neck injury. He recently pulled out of the 3M Open three weeks ago citing a wrist injury after opening with a 77.

Matsuyama said of his withdrawal from Memphis: “I thought it was the best decision to make sure my neck gets the treatment it needs so I can compete in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. “

The top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship next week and the top 30 for the Circuit Championship in Atlanta a week later. If he doesn’t play next week, Matsuyama should still be in reasonable shape for the Tour Championship.


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