Scottie Scheffler will not play in this year's U.S. Open due to resting positive for COVID-19. [Phelan M. Ebenhack/The Associated Press]

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Scottie Scheffler tests positive for COVID, will miss U.S. Open

Posted September 13th, 2020

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Scottie Scheffler, who won the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year and is poised to win the same award from the PGA Tour for the recently completed 2019-20 campaign, will not be in the field at Winged Foot this week for the U.S. Open.

Scheffler tested positive for COVID-19 and although he’s asymptomatic, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and a member of the victorious 2017 USA Walker Cup team, was forced to withdraw from the event, which starts Thursday.

“We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year’s U.S. Open field,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the U.S. Open Championship for many years to come.”

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The former University of Texas star has finished in the top 10 seven times during his rookie campaign on Tour and was hoping to build on previous U.S. Open success — he was the low amateur at Erin Hills in 2017, when he tied for 27th.

Scheffler’s withdrawal opens a spot for South African Branden Grace.

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