Molinari, who had also lost his first match of the week and would not have been able to advance to the round of 16, cited a wrist injury for his withdrawal.
“Unfortunately had to withdraw from [the Match Play] after injuring my right wrist on [No.] 6 today,” Molinari said in a post on Instagram. “I hope it's nothing too bad, apologies to the guys in my group and all the fans out there, but I had to take the smart decision.”
Alex Noren, who is undefeated this week, was scheduled to play Molinari on Friday and the conceded match assures the Swede a spot in the round of 16, which begins on Saturday.