Dylan Frittelli withdraws from Rocket Mortgage Classic after positive coronavirus test

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

Jason Day was sent out without playing partners at the US PGA Tour's Travelers Championship after undergoing a test for coronavirus.

Johnson was tied for 79th after the opening round on Thursday, the lowest first-round position by a victor in the tournament's history.

Dustin Johnson overcame blunders on the back nine to take his first PGA Tour event in over a year.

"Obviously it's a great streak and any time your mentioned with those names it's good", said Johnson, who finished on 19 under, one clear of Kevin Streelman.

"I've had a few missed cuts, so to come back and finish a solo second is nice, but to to be that close and perform and be right there, I'm just a little disappointed right now", Streelman said.

"I'm definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak - it was a long time between wins though".

American Will Gordon rocketed nine spots up the leaderboard with a 64 to finish tied for third on 263 with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes (67), who shot a 60 in the opening round. The tour adjusted to a wraparound period in 2013.

The former world No 1 did well to roll in a seven-foot putt to limit the damage to a bogey-six, but he bounced back immediately with another ideal putt from 15 feet for birdie at 14, where Todd dropped another shot to tumble out of the top 10. The man from SC courted disaster at the par-four 15th hole where after almost finding the water he had to remove his shoes and socks to stand in the water to play his second shot.

Gordon, who had no status on either the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour, had seven birdies in a 64. "(Saturday) I did everything really well, today I still felt like I was hitting the ball really well, I just wasn't driving it on the fairway", he told CBS after a final round that featured six birdies and three bogeys.

Day shot a 69 to be five-under - a distant 13 shots behind leader Brendon Todd.

However, the suspension in play lasted only an hour, after which Johnson promptly dumped a seven-iron into sand at the short 16th, played a poor bunker escape and the resulting bogey meant his lead had been whittled down to a single shot by Streelman, who had completed 17 holes in three under par and without a bogey on his card.

Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na each shot 65 and were tied for fifth at 14-under.

Todd said he was looking forward to Sunday's round with Johnson.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy climbed into a tie for 11th thanks to a 3-under 67. "I had a lot of really good looks at birdie". Former world number one Day had asked for the additional COVID-19 test as a precautionary measure ahead of the third round at Cromwell, Connecticut.

Cameron Champ withdrew on Tuesday, Denny McCarthy tested positive on Friday, and Dylan Frittelli testing positive after missing the cut.

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