Zach Johnson and Louis de Jager withdraw from the The Open after testing positive for Covid-19


Two-time major champion Zach Johnson and Louis de Jager are the latest stars to withdraw from the The Open this week after testing positive for Covid-19… with total number of dropouts now reaching 16

  • Zach Johnson is among the latest to withdraw from the 149th Open this week 
  • The former champion was forced to dropout after testing positive for Covid-19 
  • South Africa’s Louis de Jager will also not compete after contracting the virus 
  • The number of withdrawals for the final men’s major of the year has reached 16

Former champion Zach Johnson and South Africa’s Louis de Jager have withdrawn from the 149th Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

American Ryan Moore has also pulled out of the year’s final major at Royal St George’s due to a back injury, taking the total number of withdrawals so far to 16.

Adam Long, Sam Horsfield and Dylan Frittelli are now in the field, with Wade Ormsby, Matthieu Pavon and Ross Fisher next on the reserve list.

Former champion Zach Johnson is among the latest dropouts from the 149th Open this week

Former champion Zach Johnson is among the latest dropouts from the 149th Open this week

Johnson, who won the Masters in 2007, lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 2015 following a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.

Reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and two-time winner Bubba Watson withdrew on Sunday due to Covid-19, along with 2001 Open champion David Duval.

No reason was given for Duval’s withdrawal but the 49-year-old did shoot 91, 78 at Portrush two years ago.

More to follow.

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