Will Zalatoris has withdrawn from the 87th Masters Tournament

Will Zalatoris has withdrawn from the Masters due to injury, according to tournament officials.

Zalatoris withdrew from the BMW Championship last season after tweaking his back. He’d go on to miss the Tour Championship, the Presidents Cup and didn’t return to the PGA Tour until the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this season.

The 26-year-old finished runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama at the 2021 Masters and tied for sixth last year.

Zalatoris has played his best golf in major championships. He lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff at the 2022 PGA Championship and missed out on forcing a playoff at the 2022 U.S. Open by a single shot after a mid-range birdie putt on the 72nd failed to drop.

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Due to injury, @WillZalatoris has officially withdrawn from the Masters Tournament prior to starting his first round. #themasters

— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 6, 2023

His withdrawal Thursday came before he started his first round. Earlier in the day, LIV golfer Kevin Na withdrew after going 4 over on his first nine holes. He also cited injury.

Last Friday, Aaron Wise pulled out of the major championship to focus on his mental health.

There are now 86 players in the field at Augusta National Golf Club.

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