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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 1st green during the first round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 1st green during the first round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(AP) Hideki Matsuyama of Japan has pulled out of the HSBC Champions because of a back injury.


Matsuyama is No. 28 in the world ranking and was playing only his second World Golf Championship. He opened with a 1-under 71 on Thursday at Sheshan International.


He withdrew Friday morning saying only that he had a bad back.


The 21-year-old Matsuyama has won three times this year and had a pair of top 10s in the majors at the U.S. Open and British Open. He played on his first Presidents Cup team last month. He first rose to prominence as a two-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur who made the cut both times he played the Masters.


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