Grace has COVID-19, out of golf major

Ross Houston
August 2, 2020

Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.

Kyle Stanley landed his second eagle in as many days and shot a 14-point second round to take the lead into the weekend.

Branden Grace is out of next week's US PGA Championship after testing positive for COVID-19 during this week's Barracuda Championship.

"I really wanted to make that last putt", said Merritt.

Last year, Merritt seized a two-point lead through 54 holes of the event but shot plus-7 in the final round, finishing at plus-44 and three strokes behind victor Collin Morikawa.

As per the format, Players get 8 points for an albatross, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

The 32-year-old South African was in a share of second at the PGA Tour event in Nevada but withdrew before the third round and will now go into isolation for 10 days.

Stanley eagled the par-5 12th a day after accomplishing the feat on the par-5 sixth.

"I'm very happy with the way I played today", McNealy said. Pins were tougher on the front nine. "But I do feel that if I put in the work, I'm going to have success".

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, who made six birdies against a lone bogey for 11 points on Saturday, and American Maverick McNeeley shared second on 29 total points with American Robert Streb another point back in fourth.

Not much has happened according to schedule in 2020, so consider Mike Weir's PGA Tour Champions debut this week a belated birthday present. But he felt exhausted Friday night and thought it had to do with playing in altitude.

A PGA Tour statement added: "The PGA TOUR has implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who may have had close contact with Grace". The top two from the top 10, not already eligible, will get spots in the U.S. Open in September at Winged Foot.

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