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2020 U.S. Open: Scottie Scheffler withdraws, citing COVID-19

American tests positive for the coronavirus, USGA confirms, and he will be replaced by Branden Grace this week at Winged Foot

Withdrew: American Scottie Scheffler, from this week’s U.S. Open, the USGA confirmed Sunday night. Scheffler, 24, reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic and home in Dallas recuperating. Scheffler is a strong contender for the PGA Tour’s rookie of the year for the recently completed 2019-20 season. In his four most recent events, he elevated himself into discussion as a strong contender for the Open title. Scheffler tied for fourth at the PGA Championship, then added two top-5s in the three FedEx Cup playoff events: T-4 at the Northern Trust, T-20 at the BMW Championship and T-5 at the Tour Championship. Scheffler, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and a participant on the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team in 2017, has played in three U.S. Opens and was the low amateur in 2017 at Erin Hills, where he tied for 27th. He won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour last year to earn a promotion to the PGA Tour. Scheffler will be replaced in the field by South Africa’s Branden Grace, based on the Official World Golf Ranking as of Aug. 23, the USGA said. Grace endured a positive COVID-19 test of his own last month, prompting him to withdraw before the third round of the Barracuda Championship. The 120th U.S. Open begins Thursday at Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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