World No.1 golfer Dustin Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Dustin Johnson was set to return to golf after a four-week break following the US Open. Instead of the world’s number one golfer will be sidelined for at least a few weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

Johnson was due to tee it up in this week’s CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek event in Las Vegas.

The PGA Tour released a statement in which Johnson expressed his disappointment:

PGA TOUR member Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK after testing positive for COVID-19. Experiencing symptoms, Johnson notified PGA TOUR officials and was administered a test, with the positive result forcing his withdrawal from the event.

Johnson, who last competed at the U.S. Open, will have the PGA TOUR’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines.

“Obviously, I am very disappointed,” said Johnson. “I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have already had a few calls with the TOUR’s medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me.”

First alternate J.T. Poston will replace Johnson in the field.

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