SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There won’t be a three-peat for Hideki Matsuyama.
The Japanese star, the two-time defending champion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, withdrew from the event before his second-round tee time Friday because of a left wrist injury, ending his bid to match Arnold Palmer's record of three straight victories in the event.
Matsuyama opened with a 2-under 69 on Thursday at TPC Scottsdale. The 25-year-old Japanese has five PGA Tour victories, also winning the World Golf Championships' HSBC Champions and Bridgestone Invitational last year. He tied for 12th last week at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Matsuyama won the last two years on the fourth hole of playoffs, beating Rickie Fowler in 2016 and Webb Simpson in 2017. Palmer won the Phoenix Open three times in a row from 1961-63.
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