Matthew Wolff, who is ranked No. 35 in the world and finished 15th at the end of 2020 after strong goals in the major championships, is among three golfers who have decided not to play in The Open at the Royal St. George’s next week.
Wolff, who gave no reason to withdraw from The Open, openly discussed his mental health and took a two-month break from the game ahead of the US Open. R&A announced that Wolff will be replaced in the field by England’s Andy Sullivan.
Danny Lee, who withdrew from the John Deere Classic on Friday, withdrew from The Open due to injury. KH Lee withdrew due to the birth of his child. They will be replaced by Antoine Rozner from France and Troy Merritt from the United States
Wolff, 22, was second to Bryson DeChambeau at the US Open last year. He̵
He suffered injuries this year and then disappeared from tournament golf after the team event in New Orleans. He was disqualified at the Masters for signing a wrong scorecard.
Wolff did not return until the US Open, where he claimed before settling with a draw to 15. Then he missed the cut at the Travelers Championship and tied for 58th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The three join several exempt players skipping The Open, including Kevin Na, who last week said he would not attend due to travel-related complications and the coronavirus pandemic.
“The love of the game really went away from me,” Wolff said after the second round of the US Open in Torrey Pines, where he was just a shot out of the lead at the time. “I had to go out and try my best, I painted, and things did not go my way.
“I really came down on myself and honestly I felt hopeless for a few months. Probably it was just a few days ago the first time I really found hope in my game and my happiness out here. It’s easy to be happy when you play 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 I’m having fun out here again but it is not let. ”
Wolff was a four-time All-American in Oklahoma State and won the NCAA Individual title in 2019. 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. the event and a PGA Tour event in the same calendar year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.