Scheffler withdraws from U.S. Open after testing positive for COVID-19

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2020

Scottie Scheffler will miss this week's US Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

The PGA Tour had gone six straight weeks without a player or caddie testing positive for COVID-19.

"It goes without saying that I am hugely disappointed to not have the opportunity to play in my 4th U.S. Open but clearly the safety of the tournament and other players is paramount", Horsfield said.

Scottie Scheffler had a positive in-home test and withdrew from the tournament Sunday.

"Sam has had an excellent year on the European Tour, winning the United Kingdom series to earn a spot in this year's U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and we are disappointed to lose a player of his calibre from the field", said John Bodenhamer, the senior managing director of championships for the USGA.

South African Branden Grace will take his place in the field for the tournament that starts on Thursday at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York. "We look forward to welcoming him back to the U.S. Open for many years to come".

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Scheffler posted seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in the 2019-20 season.

Johnson had three regular-season wins, tied for the most on the tour this season, and two more in the FedExCup playoffs.

This year's tournament starts on Thursday at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck in NY.

Players to test positive during the restart of the PGA Tour in June included American trio Denny McCarthy, Cameron Champ and Nick Watney.

With Sabbatini and Grace entering the field, former U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman is the next alternate available should someone else need to withdraw.

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