Zach Johnson out after positive COVID-19 test

Zach Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s British Open after a positive COVID-19 test. 

Johnson returned a positive rapid-result PCR test on Sunday, following the conclusion of the John Deere Classic. He received the result before boarding an England-bound charter alongside other players, managers and caddies. Had Johnson been on the flight, all other players aboard — regardless of their vaccination status — would have been removed from the tournament due to close-contact protocol. 

Johnson, 45, is a two-time major champion and previously won the 2015 Open after a three-way playoff. 

“I am disappointed to announce that I have tested positive for covid-19 and will have to withdraw from the 2021 Open Championship,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to returning to St. Andrews next year, a place where I have such wonderful memories. Good luck to all the competitors.”

PGA golfer Zach Johnson hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the third round of the John Deere Classic.
PGA golfer Zach Johnson hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the John Deere Classic.
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Johnson’s withdrawal adds to a growing list of golfers who have pulled their name out of the tournament, with a majority of the absences COVID-19 related. Among the withdrawals are reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 2 and has yet to record a negative test, and Bubba Watson, who was in close contact with a positive test.


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