Golf's Top-Ranked Player Tests Positive for COVID

  • Golf's Top-Ranked Player Tests Positive for COVID

Golf's Top-Ranked Player Tests Positive for COVID

Johnson is the most high-profile golfer to test positive for the virus since the 2019-2020 season resumed, while Briton Sam Horsfield and American Scottie Scheffler were unable to compete at the US Open due to their positive Covid-19 tests. He subsequently took a coronavirus test which came back positive. "I have already received some calls with the Tour medical team and I appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me".

At least 15 players including Johnson have tested positive for COVID-19 since the return of the PGA Tour in June. As part of the tour's coronavirus protocols, all players are tested prior to travel each week, and again on-site.

Four-time major victor Brooks Koepka - who became world No 1 for the first time when he won the CJ Cup in 2018 - features for the first time since August's Wyndham Championship, having missed the US Open through injury.

Since the symptoms started Sunday, it's possible Johnson could return at next week's Zozo Championship if his symptoms have subsided.

Competition had been suspended in March as a result of the global health crisis.

Koepka, now world No 11, has been grouped for the first two rounds alongside defending champion Justin Thomas, who also won the inaugural event in 2017, and South Korea's Sungjae Im. In addition to victories at the Travelers Championship, The Northern Trust and Tour Championship, he finished second at the PGA Championship and BMW Championship and a T6 at the US Open a month ago.