Newly crowned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Scottie Scheffler and Englishman Sam Horsfield have been ruled out of this week’s US Open at Winged Foot after testing positive for Coronavirus.
24-year old Scheffler, who is asymptomatic, will see his place taken by South African Branden Grace who missed last month’s PGA Championship after also testing positive for Covid.
“We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year’s US Open field,” said USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer.
“Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the US Open Championship for many years to come.”
Horsfield, meanwhile, had returned a negative test last Thursday before testing positive after arriving in New York ahead of this week’s tournament at Winged Foot.
The Englishman has been in red hot form since the restart in Europe, winning the Hero Open and the Celtic Classic to qualify for this week’s event.
“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 tweeted.
— Sam Horsfield (@hr59sam) September 14, 2020
On Horsfield, John Bodenhamer added;
“Sam had an excellent year. We are disappointed to lose a player of his calibre from the US Open field.”
Everyone’s favourite Slovakian, Rory Sabbatini will take Sam’s place in Thursday’s starting field.