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World No.1 Dustin Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

World No.1 Dustin Johnson tests positive for Covid-19”

"Obviously, I am very disappointed".

Defending champion Justin Thomas returns to action at this week's CJ Cup in Las Vegas where four of the world's top six players head an elite field warming up for next month's Masters.

The No. 1 men's golfer in the world is the latest athlete to test positive for COVID-19.

As part of the event's protocols, PGA Tour participants are tested for coronavirus prior to travel and on-site for each contest. "I have already had a few calls with the Tour's medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me", Johnson said.

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Johnson underwent a test after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus ahead of Thursday's opening round at Shadow Creek, the tour said in a statement.

A handful of professional golfers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the PGA Tour returned in June, including Briton Sam Horsfield and American Scottie Scheffler, who were unable to compete at the US Open due to positive COVID-19 tests. An ensuing test came back positive.

Thomas, in his first start since earning a share of eighth place at last month's U.S. Open, is hoping to increase his speed and distance over the next two weeks before he takes time off ahead of the November 12-15 Masters. Golf's first annual major is its last this season and will begin on November 12 after being delayed because of COVID-19.



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