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The 149th Open Royal St George's
Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from The 149th Open
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Harold Varner III replaces Masters champion
Hideki Matsuyama at Royal Portrush in 2019

Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and is replaced by Harold Varner III of the United States of America.

Hideki Matsuyama tested positive for the Covid-19 virus prior to the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on 2 July. Matsuyama has been in quarantine since then and is currently symptom free. Subsequent 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 UK, my team and I have decided it’s best to withdraw to ensure everyone’s safety," said Matsuyama.

“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.”

The next three players on the reserve list are:

1. Brendan Steele (USA) OWGR 88

2. John Catlin (USA) OWGR 89

3. Adam Long (USA) OWGR 90

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