SANDWICH, England — A possible catastrophe at The Open was averted when Zach Johnson’s optimistic COVID-19 take a look at got here again earlier than he boarded a constitution flight with gamers, managers and caddies sure for England at this week’s event at Royal St. George’s.
Johnson, 45, a two-time main championship winner together with the 2015 Open, was examined following the ultimate spherical of the John Deere Traditional on Sunday, as had been the opposite gamers and any others scheduled to make the journey.
All got rapid-result PCR checks that got here again in 90 minutes. Johnson, who tied for thirty fourth within the John Deere Traditional, examined optimistic and withdrew from The Open.
Johnson expressed his disappointment in a Twitter publish on Monday.
Due to close-contact guidelines carried out in the UK which are a part of The Open’s protocols, any of the opposite gamers on the flight would have been topic to removing from the event had Johnson traveled to and examined optimistic in England.
The John Deere Traditional had 16 gamers from its area on the flight that was scheduled to land Monday morning.
Johnson was requested final week in regards to the strict guidelines in place for The Open.
“The best way I see it, fairly actually, it is like the present scenario right here excluding the six time zones, is that I will take a take a look at right here earlier than I’m going, God keen it is adverse, and once I go over there, I assume I will be examined once more,” he stated. “Once more, my guess is, and I believe it is a fairly truthful guess, that they are searching for the betterment of the entire and never simply us gamers. It is sort of what I do every week anyway, and that is nice.”
Johnson was changed within the area by England’s Sam Horsfield based mostly on a reserve listing taken from the Official World Golf Rating.
Ryan Moore, who certified for The Open based mostly on his tie for second on the John Deere, declined his spot and was changed within the area by Adam Lengthy. One other participant, Louis de Jager of South Africa, examined optimistic and was changed by Dylan Frittelli.
For numerous causes, a number of associated to COVID-19 testing and journey protocols, 16 gamers have both opted out or withdrawn from The Open, which begins Thursday.