Horsfield out of U.S. Open due to positive COVID-19 test

Sam Horsfield won’t play in the U.S. Open after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 24-year-old from Great Britain tested negative last week, but after he arrived in New York for the tournament, he tested positive. He is asymptomatic.

Horsfield became the second player in two days to withdraw from the U.S. Open, set to begin Thursday at Winged Foot. PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler, who finished tied for fourth in the PGA Championship in August, withdrew Sunday after testing positive.

“It goes without saying that I am hugely disappointed to not have the opportunity to play in my fourth U.S. Open but clearly the safety of the tournament and other players is paramount,” Horsfield posted on Twitter.

The World No. 81 golfer, Horsfield plays on the European Tour and earned a spot in the U.S. Open based on his results in Europe. He has missed the cut in each of his three previous appearances in the tournament.

He was replaced in the U.S. Open by 2007 Masters runner-up Rory Sabbatini, who is ranked No. 104 in the world.

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