Zach Johnson was forced to withdraw from the Open Championship after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 2015 Open Champion was tested following the final round of the John Deere Classic on Sunday, before boarding a charter flight to England for the 149th Open at Royal St George’s.
Johnson’s test results came back positive, and he immediately withdrew.
Johnson posted a statement to Twitter on Monday.
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) July 12, 2021
England’s Sam Horsfield replaced Johnson in the field.
Overall, due to the strict protocols implemented by the R&A, 16 players have either opted out or withdrawn from The Open.