Team USA golf star Bryson DeChambeau left ‘deeply disappointed’ as he tests POSITIVE for Covid to ban him from Tokyo Olympics, with Patrick Reed stepping in to replace him
World No. 6 Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced on the United States golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said Sunday.
Reed will join the team in Japan after completing the required testing protocols, with the first round of the competition kicking off on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
“I am deeply disappointed that I cannot compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” DeChambeau said in a statement.
“Representing my country means the world to me and it was a huge honor to form this team.
“I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. I’m now going to focus on getting well and I’m looking forward to returning to the competition once I’m cleared to do so.”
Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters, completes a strong roster for the United States, alongside recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa and 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be part of Team USA in Tokyo,” said Reed.
“I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is that he can’t participate, and I will do my best to do my best and represent our country.”
More to follow.