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Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele withdraws from WM Phoenix Open

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Viktor HovlandThe No.4 player in the World Golf Ranking, and No. The World Golf Ranking has him ranked No. 5 Xander SchauffeleThe PGA Tour announced that both players had withdrawn from this year’s WM Phoenix Open.

Hovland finished in a tie for 58th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, beating only 14 players in the limited field event. He started with a 69 on Thursday, but struggled to consecutive 73s before the weather forced the tournament to be shortened to just 54 holes.

Hovland made his first start after finishing tied for 22nd place at The Sentry which also had a limited field.

Schauffele has six top-20 finishes from six starts in the Phoenix Open, including second place in 2021. He finished at 4 under par and tied for 58th place at Pebble Beach after shooting 73-72 – 67.

Victor PerezHovland will be replaced by a new player at the Phoenix Open. David Riley also withdrew and has been replace by Ryan FoxWhile Alexander Björk replaces Schauffele.

The tournament starts Thursday at TPC Scottsdale. It still features an elite field, led by two-time champion and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. He will be joined by No. 6 Wyndham Clark, No. 8 Max Homa, No. 9 Matt FitzpatrickNo. 10 Brian Harman.

Other names in the field include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Sam BurnsYou can also find out more about the following: Rickie FowlerThe defending champions are joined by past major champions Hideki MatsuzakiYou can also find out more about the following: Adam Scott.

Hovland’s departure sparked rumors that he could be moving to LIV Golf. Tyrrell HattonPull out in advance of Pebble Beach and join Jon Rahm‘s Team won the first LIV event in Mexico on Sunday.

The Norwegian, who is committed to the Genesis Invitational in Riviera next week has denied a possible move to LIV. He said as recently as December he doubted it would be a consideration for the future, despite criticizing the PGA Tour leadership.

Field Level Media has contributed to this report.

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