2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise will not participate in this year’s Masters as he focuses on his mental health.
“Unfortunately, I will be pulling out of The Masters today,” Wise wrote in an Instagram story. “Golf is a game of mental as much as physical skill, and the mental part of that has been tough for me lately. I don’t take the importance of playing in Augusta lightly, but I know I need to take some time to focus on my mental health to get back to competing at a level I’m proud of.”
“This hurts, but it’s necessary,” he added, “see you soon.”
The 26-year-old has only played the Masters once, finishing 17th in 2019.
He finished 2022 inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in this year’s Masters.
In 2023, however, Wise has started the year in a slump.
He has missed five cuts in the seven events he has played.
He was able to pick up a win against Tom Hoge at the Dell Match Play in Austin on Wednesday, but failed in his next two matches.
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“It’s such a special place,” Wise told the Masters website on his 2019 debut. “There are great memories for everyone. We all remember great moments and great shots because we saw them on TV.”
The Masters begins on Thursday, April 6 at the Augusta National Gold Course.