Golfer Matthew Wolff, ranked No. 35 in world, withdraws from The Open

Golfer Matthew Wolff, ranked No. 35 in world, withdraws from The Open

Matthew Wolff withdrew from The Open at Royal St. George’s next week. No reason was given.

Wolff openly discussed mental issues that caused him to take a two-month break from the game prior to the U.S. Open. The R&A announced that Wolff is being replaced in the field by England’s Andy Sullivan.

Wolff, 22, is ranked 35th in the world and was 15th at the end of 2020 after strong finishes in the majors, including runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau at the U.S. Open. He has never played in The Open.

He suffered through some injuries earlier this year and then disappeared from tournament golf following the team event in New Orleans. He was disqualified at the Masters for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Wolff did not return until the U.S. Open, where he contended before settling for a tie for 15th. He then tied for 58th at the Travelers Championship and missed the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

He joins several exempt players who are skipping The Open, including Kevin Na, who said last week he would not participate due to the complications associated with travel and the coronavirus pandemic.

“The love for the game really went away from me,” Wolff said following the second round of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he was just a shot out of the lead at the time. “I was going out and trying my best, I was grinding and stuff wasn’t going my way.

“I was getting really down on myself and honestly, for a few months, I kind of felt hopeless. Probably just a few days ago was the first time I really found some hope in my game and my happiness out here. It’s easy to be happy when you’re playing well, but it’s hard to put things in perspective and not be so hard on yourself when you’re out here trying to perform at the highest level. I’m glad that I’m enjoying myself out here again, but it’s not easy.”

Wolff was a four-time All-American at Oklahoma State and won the 2019 NCAA individual title. He then won the 3M Open in his rookie PGA Tour season, joining Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the NCAA event and a PGA Tour event in the same calendar year.

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