Reigning champion Hideki Matsuyama is a doubt for the Masters after suffering neck injury


Reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is a doubt for next week’s major at Augusta after the Japanese star was forced to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open due to a neck injury

  • Hideki Matsuyama suffered an injury blow just days before his Masters defence
  • World No 12 withdrew from Valero Texas Open on Friday with a neck problem 
  • He became the first Japanese male major champion at Augusta last year 

Hideki Matsuyama has suffered an injury scare just a week before his US Masters defence.

The world number 12, who became the first Japanese male major champion when he won by one stroke at Augusta last year, withdrew from the Valero Texas Open on Friday with a neck problem.

Matsuyama pulled out after playing nine holes of his second round in San Antonio and could now be a doubt for the Masters, which begins next Thursday.

A tweet from the PGA Tour read: ‘Hideki Matsuyama WD during round two of the Valero Texas Open with a neck injury.’

Hideki Matsuyama has suffered an injury scare just a week before his US Masters defence

The world number 12 became the first Japanese male major champion at Augusta last year

The world number 12 became the first Japanese male major champion at Augusta last year

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