Australia’s Michael Sim has withdrawn from the US Masters because of a right shoulder injury that has kept him out of golf for the past month.
Sim was to have made his Masters debut.
The 25-year-old Australian is one of the few players to have qualified for the Masters from world ranking points earned on the Nationwide Tour.
He had three Nationwide victories last year to earn promotion to the PGA Tour and got off to a strong start this season.
He finished second to Ben Crane at Torrey Pines in January.
Sim says the injury, a damaged tendon in his right shoulder, should be healed within a month.
“Obviously, I’m quite disappointed to miss playing in my first Masters,” Sim said in a statement.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but a decision I must make from a long-term perspective.
“If I was physically able to play I would be there. Unfortunately, the injury is such that I cannot compete.
“I look forward to returning to competition after having time to mend, as well as the opportunity to play in the Masters in the future.”
Sim will not be replaced at the Masters, the only major that does not have alternates.
His withdrawal reduces the expected field to 97.
“He must be gutted,” said fellow Australian Adam Scott, who is among six Australians left in the Masters field, along with Robert Allenby, Nathan Green, Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden.