KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau’s hopes of getting his season attend heading within the correct route with an Olympic medal cratered Sunday after he tested sure for COVID-19 earlier than leaving the US for Tokyo.
The 2020 U.S. Commence champion will likely be replaced by Patrick Reed.
USA Golf despatched observe on Sunday in Japan that DeChambeau, who won final three hundred and sixty five days’s U.S. Commence at Winged Foot however has struggled by draw of a drama-filled summer season in 2021, had tested sure as portion of the final protocol earlier than leaving for Japan.
“I am deeply dissatisfied no longer with the plot to compete within the Olympics for Crew USA,” DeChambeau talked about within the observation. “Representing my country draw the world to me and it is some distance was a extensive honor to compose this crew.”
DeChambeau turns into the most realistic-identified of the few dozen athletes throughout different Olympic sports activities to test sure both earlier than leaving for Tokyo, or after they arrived. Final week, U.S. tennis participant Coco Gauff additionally tested sure earlier than she left the US.
Reed was scheduled to get testing Sunday and Monday to definite himself to compete in Tokyo. The the principle spherical of the males’s tournament on the Kasumigaseki Nation Club is decided for Thursday.
“I need Bryson nothing however the most realistic, and I know how dissatisfied he is to no longer be ready to compete, and I could end my simplest to play my simplest and signify our country,” Reed talked about within the United States Golf observation.
Reed will likely be a part of Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele on the four-man U.S crew. Reed was third in line to be a replacement, on the attend of Patrick Cantlay and Brooks Koepka.
Koepka had previously sounded unenthused about the prospect of taking part in within the Olympics, announcing the sport’s four majors, plus the Ryder Cup and varied gigantic events, give avid gamers loads to are attempting for. The Ryder Cup this three hundred and sixty five days is decided for Sept. 28-30 at Whistling Straits.
Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, has been extra gung-ho about the Olympics, and now, he is the most realistic two-time Olympian on the males’s facet of the sport, which was reintroduced to this intention in 2016. He shot 64 within the final spherical in Rio de Janeiro and completed 11th.
USA Golf executive director Andy Levinson talked about Reed’s willingness to love a flash bustle by draw of COVID protocols and on the sphere of an outlandish course on no explore “if truth be told illustrates the importance of the Olympics and the designate Patrick locations on taking part in for Crew USA and for his country.”
DeChambeau had been seeking to write down a brand new chapter to his theatric 2021 season. It has integrated months of sparring with Koepka, a surprising atomize alongside with his longtime caddie, and, most nowadays, a spat alongside with his club sponsor when he talked about his driver “sucks” after struggling on the British Commence.
He completed 33rd at Royal St. George’s most realistic a number of weeks after taking part in himself into competition on Sunday on the U.S. Commence at Torrey Pines, most realistic to shoot 44 on the attend 9 and end in 26th disaster. DeChambeau didn’t crack the tip 25 in any of this three hundred and sixty five days’s majors, however does luxuriate in one victory this three hundred and sixty five days — in March on the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
DeChambeau’s COVID shock is the 2d to hit a first-rate name in golf this three hundred and sixty five days. Jon Rahm had constructed a six-shot lead after the third spherical of the Memorial final month when he was notified he had COVID as he was coming off the course. Two weeks later, Rahm won at Torrey Pines. The Spaniard comes into the Olympics ranked No. 1.
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Certain COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics