Sam Horsfield out of US Open after positive Covid-19 test

Withdrawal follows that of Scottie Scheffler who also tested positive

Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from the US Open. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from the US Open. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

 

Sam Horsfield is the latest golfer to have been ruled out of this week’s US Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 24-year-old Englishman tested negative in a pre-arrival test taken last week but then tested positive after arriving in New York for the tournament.

“Sam has had an excellent year on the European Tour, winning the UK series to earn a spot in this year’s US Open at Winged Foot, and we are disappointed to lose a player of his calibre from the field,” said USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer.

The USGA announced earlier on Monday that American Scottie Scheffler, 24, had also withdrawn after testing positive.

Horsfield and Scheffler, who are both asymptomatic, have been replaced in the field by Rory Sabbatini and Branden Grace respectively.

Grace missed last month’s US PGA after his own positive coronavirus test, which had forced him to pull out of the Barracuda Championship while tied second at the halfway stage.

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