In a blow to Irish Open organisers, world number 51 Robert MacIntyre has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Irish Open at Mount Juliet.
The 24-year old, who tied 35th at the US Open a fortnight ago, was notified that he would need to self-isolate for 10 days after being identified as a close contact to a positive Covid-19 case following the third men’s Major of the year.
“Unfortunately I have had to withdraw from @DDFIrishOpen this week due to having been tracked and traced following my return flight from the US Open last week,” MacIntyre tweeted.
“We all know you have to respect the rules at the moment and wish whoever tested positive a safe and speedy recovery.”
MacIntyre’s Mount Juliet assignment was set to be his first of three events in the lead-up to The Open with his National Open at the Renaissance Club sandwiched in between, where the lefty will still hope to compete amongst a star-studded field that includes Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa.
Then all roads till point to Royal St. George’s from July 15-18 where Shane Lowry will defend his Claret Jug after a two-year wait. Lowry is due to speak with the media following Wednesday’s Pro-am in Kilkenny while Rory McIlroy is first up in the press conference centre on Tuesday afternoon. 5,000 spectators will attend Mount Juliet each day from Thursday at the €3m event.