Dustin Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19
Dustin Johnson has become the highest-profile golfer to test positive for COVID-19, forcing his withdrawal from this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. And they don't really come much higher profile than the sport's World No 1.
In a statement released by the PGA Tour tour on Tuesday, Johnson reported to tournament officials that he was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. He was administered a test, with the positive result forcing Johnson to remove himself from the field.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed,” Johnson said in a statement. “I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have already had a few calls with the tour’s medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me.”
Johnson won three times over the summer, including securing his first FedEx Cup, and finished in a tie sixth place at the U.S. Open in Spetember.
The news comes a week after Tony Finau had to withdraw from the Shriners Hospital for Children Open after testing COVID-19 positive. Johnson is the 12th player to have tested positive since the tour’s restart in June.
J.T. Poston will replace him in the field.
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