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Horsfield Covid-19 positive, withdraws from US Open


NEW YORK: English golfer Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from this week’s 120th US Open Championship after testing positive for Covid-19, organizers said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

The US Golf Association said Horsfield’s positive case came after he arrived in New York last week and underwent precompetition testing.

Sam Horsfield AFP FILE PHOTO


Horsfield, 23, said in a statement he was “asymptomatic and feeling well.”

“It goes without saying that I am hugely disappointed to not have the opportunity to play in my fourth US Open but clearly the safety of the tournament and other players is paramount,” Horsfield said.

The US Golf Association said Horsfield’s place would be taken by Rory Sabbatini, the 44-year-old South African-born professional who now represents Slovakia.

Horsfield is the second player to withdraw from the US Open due to a coronavirus positive.

On Sunday (Monday in Manila), Scottie Scheffler withdrew from the tournament following a positive case.

This year’s US Open was moved from its traditional slot in June after Covid-19 brought sport in North America to a standstill.

This year’s tournament starts on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck in New York.


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