Former Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama Suffers an Unfortunate Setback

Published 11/13/2022, 12:43 PM EST

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The golf world has numerous talents at the moment, but some stand above the rest. With his win at Augusta in 2021, Hideki Matsuyama rose above the rest to join those ranks. The 30-year-old professional golfer began his career less than a decade ago and has already won The Masters and seven other PGA Tour events.

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Of late, Hideki hasn’t had as much luck, and yesterday he even had to withdraw from an event due to an injury. This is not his first time doing so this year either.

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Tragedy befalls Hideki Matsuyama once again

The Japanese golfer left his mark on the sport when he won the 2021 Masters at Augusta by a stroke. Hideki is no doubt an exceptional player. Unfortunately, it seems like his body can’t keep up with him. He has withdrawn from several tour events on account of injuries on the course during play.

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Earlier this year, Hideki withdrew from the Players Championship, claiming he had a back injury. Following this, he pulled out of the Valero Texas Open, only a few days before the Masters. It didn’t stop there either. At the 3M Open, soon after the first round, Matsuyama withdrew from the tournament. And then again in August, at the FedEx St. Jude Championship playoff event, he was retired injured, citing a neck injury.

Matsuyama appears to be having a bad year; just yesterday, the major champion had to withdraw from the Cadence Bank Houston Open. Midway through the third round, Hideki claimed to suffer from a neck injury and left the course.

Matsuyama hasn’t had the greatest year

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The 8-time PGA Tour event winner won 2 events on the Tour last season: the ZOZO Championship in October last year and the Sony Open in Hawaii in January this year. But since then, he has not been at his best.

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Besides withdrawing from over five games this year alone, Hideki hasn’t been able to win a single event this season. Matsuya also failed to defend The Masters and placed T-14. In addition to that, in early June this year, he was also disqualified from the Memorial Tournament in Dublin halfway through the first round. This was after illegal markings were found on one of his clubs. The markings, he claimed, were applied by one of his teams to help with alignment.

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It’s safe to say Hideki isn’t pleased with his professional life at the moment. The former world No. 2 might need to ensure a full recovery before returning to the sport to avoid another withdrawal in the future. When do you think we will see him return? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a Business graduate from Christ University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has an experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing made him follow his dream and switch careers.
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Manaal Siddiqui

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