Johnson, according to the PGA Tour, was experiencing symptoms that prompted her to undergo tests. Players are tested on-site each week prior to travel and as part of the PGA Tour’s coronavirus testing protocol.
“Obviously, I’m very disappointed,” said 23-time PGA Tour winner Johnson, who captured the Tour Championship last month and thus won the FedEx Cup title. I really wanted to compete this week but I will do everything. To return as soon as possible. I have already had a few calls to the visiting medical team and appreciated all the support and guidance given to me. ‘
According to Hambrick Sports’ Johnson agent David Winkle, the golfer conducted an on-site test Sunday that was negative. But he started feeling the symptoms on Sunday night, staying away from the course from Monday and not feeling better on Tuesday, so he took an exam that came back positive.
Because the symptoms began Sunday, it is possible that Johnson may return to next week’s Zozo Championship as long as his symptoms have subsided. He will not be able to practice on site before the tournament.
Johnson has not played since finishing sixth at the US Open last month. It is also possible that he could play at the Houston Open a week before the Masters, which is from November 12–15.
Johnson has been one of the most consistent players in the late game, finishing sixth in his final start at the US Open, winning the Tour Championship, finishing second in the BMW Championship, winning the Northern Trust and finishing second in the PGA. Championship. He will be one of the favorites at the Masters next month. Johnson became the second player to test positive for COVID-19 in consecutive weeks.
Tony Finau withdrew from last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open due to a positive test. He also withdrew from the CJ Cup ground and was replaced by Robbie Shelton.
The PGA Tour has made a successful return to competition after a 13-week shutdown due to the chorogavirus epidemic. Johnson is the 15th player to declare the tour test positive. Prior to Finau, two players tested positive at the US Open, but before that there was a six-week stretch in positive cases.
JT Poston was the first alternate and replaces Johnson in the 78-player field.