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

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

Horsfield had returned a negative test for the virus last week, but then tested positive after arriving in NY prior to what will be the second men's major of 2020.

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

Joining him on the sidelines is Scheffler who also tested positive, but both have reported that they are asymptomatic.

He won two events recently on the European Tour - the Hero Open and Celtic Classic - and is ranked 81st in the world. The Manchester, United Kingdom, native is now ranked No. 81 in the world.

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

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Scheffler is just the latest golfer or caddie to have tested positive for the coronavirus since play resumed in June, though is the first to have done so in more than five weeks. Oddly enough, Grace had to withdraw from the PGA Championship last month when he tested positive for the virus.

Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini and South Africa's Branden Grace have replaced the pair, with the field of 144 being the smallest at a US Open since 1932.

Scheffler, who is a nominee for the 2019-20 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, was in great form leading into the week at Winged Foot.

The U.S. Open will kick off on Thursday at Winged Foot Golf Club in NY.

England's Sam Horsfield tees off during the Hero Open in Birmingham, England, on August 2, 2020.

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