Dustin Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from PGA event


MAMARONECK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 20: Dustin Johnson of the United States looks on from the first green during the final round of the 120th U.S. Open Championship on September 20, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — The PGA Tour announced in a statement Tuesday that golfer Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek after testing positive for COVID-19.

Johnson notified PGA Tour officials after experiencing coronavirus symptoms. He was administered a test which came back positive, forcing his withdrawal from the event.

Johnson, who last competed at the U.S. Open, will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines. 

“Obviously, I am very disappointed,” said Johnson. “I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have already had a few calls with the Tour’s medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me.”

First alternate J.T. Poston will replace Johnson in the field.

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