Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn through injury after shooting a disastrous 6-over 77 in round one of the 3M Open on the PGA Tour.
Matsuyama, 30, has endured a rollercoaster run of form of late with a bizarre disqualification at the Memorial Tournament preceding a fourth at the US Open, missed cut at the Scottish Open and tie for 68th at the 150th Open Championship.
The 2021 Masters champion has now been forced out of the 3M Open as a result of a wrist injury, according to the PGA Tour.
He went out in 41 shots and came home in 36 for a dismal round of 77.
Hideki Matsuyama (sore wrist) is a WD after round one of the 3M Open.— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) July 21, 2022
Matsuyama, who has won eight times on the PGA Tour, has been heavily linked with a move to the controversial Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational Series in recent weeks.
Many thought the Japanese star would be announced in the field for next week's LIV Golf Bedminster tournament in New Jersey, but that was not the case as Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III took the remaining three places in the field.
Matsuyama, the World No.14, is understood to have been offered a huge deal to join LIV Golf as CEO Greg Norman looks to take LIV Golf over to Japan in the coming years.