Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from Rocket Mortgage after positive COVID-19 test

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Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama withdrew prior to his second round at the Rocket Mortgage Classic after testing positive for COVID-19.

“It’s disappointing to receive this news and have to withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic,” Matsuyama said in a statement. “I will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all others. I appreciate and thank everyone for their concern in advance. I look forward to a full recovery and returning to competition as soon as possible.”

Matsuyama shot 2-under 70 in the first round, while grouped with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Mickelson and Fowler are playing as a twosome on Friday afternoon.

According to the Tour,  Matsuyama will have its “full support throughout his self-isolation under CDC guidelines.”