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Kamaiu Johnson accepts Honda Classic exemption

After COVID-19 denies Johnson a PGA Tour debut this week at Torrey Pines, he gets 2nd chance at making a 1st impression

Announced: By Kamaiu Johnson, that he has accepted an exemption into the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Johnson will be making his PGA Tour debut at the March 18-21 tournament at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He had been granted a sponsor exemption into this week’s Farmers Insurance Open but had to withdraw on Tuesday after having tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arrival at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Johnson was replaced in the event by Willie Mack III, who made his PGA Tour debut on Thursday. Mack recently had been named by Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation to receive the Charlie Sifford memorial exemption into next month’s Genesis Invitational, which would have been his first PGA Tour start if not for Johnson’s misfortune. Johnson and Mack are sponsored by Farmers Insurance. Johnson won the recent championship of the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour, a developmental circuit that seeks to advance minority participation in golf. “As I said when I first learned that I had to withdraw, a fork in the road often has an interesting way of leading to new opportunities,” Johnson said via Twitter. “It was beyond disappointing not to be able to play at the Farmers Insurance Open after all of the support that Farmers has shown me and the APGA Tour. Now, to find out that I will still have a chance to fulfill my dream of playing on the PGA Tour is almost overwhelming. I’m so thankful for Honda and the team at the Honda Classic for taking a challenging situation and turning it into a blessing.”

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