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Hideki Matsuyama, who withdrew Wednesday from the FedEx St. Jude Championship with a neck injury, said he was hopeful he could return after the season.
Matsuyama, the first Japanese to win a major championship, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and enters the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 11 will be ranked. By tallying four times as many points in the postseason, they were sure to lose places in the standings.
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Injuries that have plagued him since March are more of a concern.
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The former Masters champion missed The Players Championship and Del Match Play with a neck injury. He recently withdrew from the 3M Open citing a wrist injury after opening with a 77 three weeks ago.
Matsuyama said of withdrawing from Memphis, “I thought it was the best decision to make sure my neck gets the treatment I need to compete in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.”
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The top 70 advance to the BMW Championship next week and the top 30 to the Tour Championship in Atlanta a week later. If he doesn’t play next week, Matsuyama should still be in reasonable shape for the Tour Championship.