Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from BMW Championship, FedEx Cup off the table

Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from BMW Championship, FedEx Cup off the table

Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from the BMW Championship because of a again harm, thus ending his seek for a FedEx Cup title.

He entered the BMW Championship ranked fiftieth within the FedEx Cup standings, needing a very good efficiency at Olympia Fields to advance to subsequent week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

However after carding a 1-over 71 Thursday, Matsuyama’s again ache proved to be an excessive amount of. His withdrawal means his season is over, as he didn’t garner sufficient FedEx Cup factors to make it to East Lake.

Per the PGA Tour, Matsuyama had certified for the Tour Championship in every of the final 9 seasons, the longest streak of any present participant.

That may be a exceptional stretch, contemplating the issue of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

However, Matsuyama has battled accidents for the previous couple of years.

He withdrew from the 2022 Gamers Championship with a nagging again harm. Whether or not this week’s harm stems from that incident stays to be seen.

Matsuyama additionally battled a neck harm earlier in 2023, as he withdrew from the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play in Austin due to his neck.

That neck harm persevered all through the spring too. He withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship in Could, noting he wanted to relaxation up after tying for sixteenth on the Masters.

“It’s been a troublesome spell,” Matsuyama mentioned on the Memorial Match in June. “I had an harm on my neck. Distance is down from the place it was. However I’m working by means of it, and hopefully, we’ll have a very good summer time.”

Matsuyama did rally to play eight occasions this summer time, most just lately ending in a tie for sixteenth on the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

However his again ache have to be too substantial to proceed, which is unlucky contemplating the variety of obstacles he has confronted over the previous couple of years.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. You should definitely take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.