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2020 PGA Championship: 2 more major champions withdraw

Former PGA winners John Daly and Vijay Singh pull out of the season’s 1st major championship

The PGA Championship will be played this week without two of its past champions.

John Daly, the 1991 winner, and Vijay Singh, who claimed the 1998 and 2004 titles, withdrew from the tournament, the PGA of America said.

Daly cited health concerns relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Daly created a controversy at the PGA Championship when he competed with the use of a golf cart. After citing the Americans with Disabilities Act because of an injured left knee, he received a waiver from the PGA of America. He missed the cut. Daly, 54, competed in the Champions Tour’s recent Ally Challenge, tying for 58th.

Singh, 57, cited an undisclosed injury. He also played in the Champions Tour’s recent Ally Challenge, in which he tied for 41st.

American Denny McCarthy and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo will replace Daly and Singh, respectively, in the field.

That makes five major champions who have withdrawn. The others were Padraig Harrington, Francesco Molinari and Y.E. Yang.

Play in the season’s first major championship begins Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The PGA, like the previous eight weeks’ events on the PGA Tour's revised schedule, will be played without spectators.

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