Tokyo Games: Golfer Bryson DeChambeau tests positive for COVID-19

PGA Tour player Bryson DeChambeau will miss the Olympics after he tested positive for COVID-19, USA Golf announced Saturday.

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DeChambeau, 27, reportedly tested positive in his final screening before departing the United States for Tokyo, Sports Illustrated reported.

He will be replaced on the U.S. squad by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said.

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” DeChambeau, last year’s U.S. Open champion, said in a statement. “Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so.”

Reed, 30, was set to undergo testing Sunday and Monday to clear himself to play in Tokyo, Team USA said in a statement. The first round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club begins Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Reed, who won the 2018 Masters, is now the only two-time Olympian in the sport.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo,” Reed said in a statement. “I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country.”

DeChambeau has eight victories on the PGA Tour and one international victory since turning pro in 2016.

“We’re obviously disappointed for Bryson, as we know how much he was looking forward to representing the United States in his first Olympics,” Andy Levinson, USA Golf’s executive director, said in a statement. “But we’re thrilled that Patrick Reed is excited to play for his country when he is called upon, even with the strenuous testing protocols and he is set to arrive just in time to compete – on a golf course he will have never seen prior to the start of competition.”

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