Scheffler out of U.S. Open after positive COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: Sep 4, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Scottie Scheffler hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. / Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Scottie Scheffler has withdrawn from this week’s U.S. Open after testing positive for COVID-19, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Sunday.

The 24-year-old American, who is a contender for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, finished fourth at last month’s PGA Championship and fifth two weeks ago at the Tour Championship.

The world number 29 shot a sizzling 59 en route to a fourth-place finish in the FedExCup playoffs opener at TPC Boston.

“We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year’s field,” said the USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer. “We look forward to welcoming him back to the U.S. Open for many years to come.”

Scheffler will be replaced in the field by South African Branden Grace.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes