Scheffler out of US Open after testing positive for coronavirus

The 24-year-old golfer will not be at Winged Foot contesting the first major of the 2020-2021 season. He adds to the absence of Brooks Koepka due to injury.


Hard setback for Scottie Scheffler. The USGA confirmed that the 24-year-old golfer has tested positive for coronavirus, so he will miss the first major of the season, the US Open, which will be played this week at Winged Foot, New York. In addition, it was confirmed that South African Branden Grace will replace Scheffler.

The young American player was being one of the sensations of the PGA Tour, which had not registered a positive for several weeks. In his first season on the tour, Scheffler finished fifth in the FedExCup playoffs, including fourth in the first tournament, the Northern Trust, including a 59-stroke round. He was also fourth in his first PGA Championship, and in two other tournaments he finished third. All these good results have placed Scheffler as the main favorite to be named 'Rookie of the Year'.

Scheffler, who is asymptomatic and isolated at home, will have to wait to compete again. "We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family at this year's US Open. Scottie has had a great season and hopefully we can welcome him to many US Open in the future," said John Bodenhamer, Chairman of the USGA.

Scheffler's loss joins that of Brooks Koepka, a two-time US Open winner. The American announced that he would not be at Winged Foot as he is not physically at his best, given that he has a long history of injuries in recent months, especially in his left knee. "It's not just the knee. This is a physical thing. I know how to do it, I can do it, but physically I can't," Koepka commented.

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