Matsuyama, Watson withdraw from British Open

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson have been forced to withdraw from the British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson were forced to withdraw from the British Open on Sunday.

Hours later, Watson had to pull out after being identified as a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19.

“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 and risk exposure to the other players and personnel on board,” Watson said in a statement on Twitter.

American golfers Harold Varner and Brandon Steele have come off the reserve list and will play at Royal St. George’s next week.

A total of nine players have now withdrawn from the British Open for various reasons.

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