The PGA Tour made the announcement on Friday just before Matsuyama started his second round. Tour officials were unable to say whether Matsuyama had been vaccinated. The PGA Tour, however, does not test fully vaccinated players.
“I will take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all others,” he said in a statement. “I appreciate and thank everyone for their concern in advance. I look forward to a full recovery and a return to competition as soon as possible. “
On Thursday, Matsuyama clocked a par 72, playing with PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Mickelson and Fowler were told of Matsuyama’s positive test shortly before they started playing on Friday. According to the PGA Tour’s COVID-19 protocols, Mickelson and Fowler were not subject to contact tracing.
At least 35 players have had to withdraw due to a positive test and Matsuyama is the fifth in the middle of a tournament since the testing program began last June.
In two weeks, the best golfers in the world will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test. The last PGA Tour event for testing, not counting the majors, will be the Barbasol Championship July 15-18.
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