Scheffler out of US Open after positive COVID-19 test By

Ross Houston
September 15, 2020

The USGA said Scheffler, the leading candidate as PGA Tour rookie of the year, was asymtomatic and at home in Dallas.

Scottie Scheffler became the second player forced to withdraw from a major championship because of the coronavirus with a positive test result that knocks him out of the U.S. Open this week at Winged Foot.

He won two events recently on the European Tour - the Hero Open and Celtic Classic - and is ranked 81st in the world.

"It goes without saying that I am hugely disappointed to not have the opportunity to play in my fourth US Open, but clearly the safety of the tournament and other players is paramount", Horsfield wrote on Twitter.

"We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year's U.S. Open field, USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer said in a statement".

After three tournament wins and a FedExCup title, Dustin Johnson added more hardware to his trophy case on Monday (Sept 15) when he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time.

Scheffler is off to a tremendous start to his PGA Tour career.

This year's tournament starts on Thursday at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck in NY. He posted seven top-10 finishes in his rookie season a year ago, including a third-place finish at both The American Express and Bermuda Championship.

Scheffler's history with the USGA dates to his victory in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.

England's Sam Horsfield tees off during the Hero Open in Birmingham, England, on August 2, 2020. In addition to tying for fourth in the US PGA at TPC Harding Park, he also finished fifth in the Tour Championship.

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