Scottie Scheffler out of US Open after testing positive for coronavirus

American’s spot at Winged Foot taken up by Branden Grace

Monday, 14th September 2020, 9:33 am
Scottie Scheffler, the newest member of golf's '59 Club', is out of this week's US Open at Winged Foot after testing positive for Covid-19

Scottie Scheffler, the newest member of golf's '59 Club, has withdrawn from this week's US Open at Winged Foot after testing positive for Covid-19.

According to the USGA, Scheffler is asymptomatic and safe at home but has tested positive for the virus and "out of concern for everyone in the championship" has withdrawn.

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Scheffler, a former US Junior champion, carded his 59 in the second round of the Northern Trust event last month as he completed a successful rookie season on the PGA Tour by finishing fifth in the FedExCup.

“We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year’s U.S. Open field,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships.

“Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the US Open Championship for many years to come.”

He had been replaced in the field by South African Branden Grace, who shot the lowest round in major championship history with his 62 in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

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