Tour pro Michael Hendry has taken to social media to reveal he will no longer be able to compete in this year's Open Championship after receiving shock news he has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
Hendry, 43, confirmed in an Instagram post how he has been in hospital receiving treatment the past six weeks.
The New Zealander, who is ranked 449th in the world, admits he has "a long battle ahead" as he fights for his life but that it's one he is "determined to win".
Hendry had earned his playing privileges into this year's Open after picking up one of four qualifying spots through the World City Championship presented by Hong Kong Golf Club back in March.
It would have marked his third appearance at The Open having previously missed the cut in both 2017 and 2018.
Hendry, who once reached 110th in the world, has won 15 times as a professional, including wins on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Japan Golf Tour, OneAsia Tour and Charles Tour.
Hendry posted his 151st Open Championship player's badge on Instagram with the following statement:
From all of us here at GolfMagic, we wish Mike and his family our very best wishes. Keep fighting, Mike.