Team USA golf star Bryson DeChambeau left ‘deeply disappointed’ as he tests POSITIVE for Covid to rule him out of Tokyo Olympics with Patrick Reed stepping in to replace him
World No 6 Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced in the United States men’s golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said on Sunday.
Reed will join the team in Japan after the completion of the required testing protocols, with the first round of the competition to begin on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
‘I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,’ DeChambeau said in a statement.
‘Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour 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, winner of the 2018 Masters, completes a strong squad for the United States that also features recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa as well as 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
‘I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo,’ said Reed.
‘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.’
More to follow.