Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Scheffler out of U.S. Open after positive COVID-19 test

Scheffler out of U.S. Open after positive COVID-19 test

Sam Horsfield became the second player in two days to test positive for the coronavirus without any symptoms, knocking him out of the U.S. Open on Monday after he had travelled from England.

"Scheffler is asymptomatic and safe at home but has tested positive for COVID-19 and out of concern for everyone in the championship has withdrawn", the USGA said in a statement.

A recent stretch of golf has been his finest, however, as the University of Florida product won a pair of events on the European Tour - the Hero Open and the Celtic Classic - in the month of August.

Scheffler will be replaced in the field by South African Branden Grace.

"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.

This year's re-arranged US Open is scheduled to take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck from September 17 to 20.

Scottie Scheffler will not compete at the U.S. Open this week after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 24-year-old Horsfield had returned a negative test last Thursday, but tested positive after arriving in NY, forcing him out of the second major of the year which will take place from September 17-20.

He played in the final group with Dustin Johnson at the PGA Championship and tied for fourth. He posted seven top-10 finishes in his rookie season previous year, including a third-place finish at both The American Express and Bermuda Championship.

Grace, meantime, will play in his eighth US Open.

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