• Kyodo


Shigeki Maruyama will play in next week’s U.S. Masters tournament despite suffering a neck injury, golf sources said Tuesday.

Maruyama, who was the highest-placed Japanese golfer at last year’s Masters in a tie for 14th place, struggled in the final two rounds of the Players Championship last week.

But after visiting a specialist in a Los Angeles hospital, Maruyama was given the green light to compete in the April 10-13 tournament at Augusta National in Georgia.

“I will play in the Masters. I’ll give it everything I’ve got and hopefully I’ll be able to play all four days,” said Maruyama.

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