Sam Horsfield withdraws from US Open after positive COVID-19 test

Scottie Scheffler

Branden Grace and Rory Sabbatini have replaced Scottie Scheffler and Sam Horsfield in the field for this week's US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club after latter duo tested positive for Covid-19.

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

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

Horsfield said he was asymptomatic and feeling well, but based on CDC guidelines he will notify those with whom he has had close contact and self-isolate until he returns a negative test.

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

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Johnson had three regular-season wins, tied for the most on the tour this season, and two more in the FedExCup playoffs.

Scheffler was replaced in the field by Branden Grace, who was the first alternate based on the August 23 world ranking. Scheffler - who was named the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year on Monday - had seven top-10 finishes last season, including a T4 finish at The Northern Trust where he posted a historic 59 in the second round.

On Sunday, Scottie Scheffler withdrew from the tournament following a positive case. In addition to tying for fourth in the US PGA at TPC Harding Park, he also finished fifth in the Tour Championship.

Grace was tied for the lead in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay when he sent his tee shot out-of-bounds and onto the railroad tracks right of the 16th fairway and tied for fourth.

It's the first time the US Open will be played outside of June since 1931.

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