California native Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19
American Golf announced on Saturday that Olympic golfer and California native Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19.
Golf officials confirmed that De Chambeau will not be able to participate in the U.S. team game after the final test plan before going to Japan shows that he has tested positive for the virus. Patrick Reid will succeed DeChambeau, who is undergoing the necessary testing procedures before heading to Japan on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Reid is now the only Olympian in the United States to participate in men’s competitions twice. He played for the US team in 2016 and will now participate in the 2020 Olympics.
With the addition of Reid, the men’s game of the United States Golf Team will also include Justin Thomas, Colin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. The women’s game representatives include Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to represent our country and become a member of the Tokyo American team,” Reid said. “I wish Bryson all the best. I know how disappointed he is not to participate in the game. I will try my best to play for our country.”
De Chambord said he was “deeply disappointed” that he could not represent the U.S. team in the Olympics.
“Representing my country means the whole world to me. It is a great honor to be able to form this team,” he said. “I wish the United States team good luck in Tokyo next week. I will now focus on restoring my health and I look forward to returning to the game after approval.”
American Golf Executive Director Andy Levinson stated that the team was “obviously disappointed with Bryson” and knew how much he looked forward to representing the United States in his first Olympic Games.
“But we are very happy that Patrick Reid was excited to play for his country when he was called up, even with the heavy testing procedures, and he will arrive on time for the game-on a golf course he has never seen before. The game begins,” Levinson said. “This really illustrates the importance of the Olympics and the value of Patrick playing for the US team and his country. We are very happy to welcome him to Tokyo soon and know that he will become a strong competitor to the US team.”
The first round of the competition will start on Thursday, July 29th.