Bubba Watson has withdrawn from The Open after he was recognized as being an in depth contact of somebody who has examined optimistic for COVID-19.
He has been changed within the subject by Brendan Steele.
Watson stated in a press release that he’s vaccinated towards COVID-19 however “not sufficient time has handed for me to comfortably be a part of the constitution flight and threat publicity to the opposite gamers and personnel on board.”
Watson’s caddie, Ted Scott, tweeted that he and Watson are “gutted” by the event.
Guidelines for shut contacts are stricter in the UK for golfers deemed to be an in depth contact than in america. Shut contacts within the U.Ok. are compelled to withdraw from tournaments. Within the U.S., shut contacts bear each day testing.
Former Open champion David Duval additionally withdrew Sunday, bringing the variety of gamers who had been planning to play however withdrew to 13.
The R&A didn’t say why Duval selected to withdraw. He gained the Open Championship in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
John Catlin, a Californian who performs solely on the European Tour, has changed Duval within the subject.
The Related Press contributed to this report.