The world’s No. 1 golfer, Dustin Johnson, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Johnson will miss this weekend’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Johnson becomes the second mega-athlete to test positive for the coronavirus Tuesday. Earlier, it was reported Cristiano Ronaldo had tested positive.
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— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) October 13, 2020
According to David Winkle, Johnson’s agent at Hambric Sports, the golfer took an on-site test Sunday that was negative. But he started feeling symptoms Sunday night, stayed away from the course Monday and didn’t feel better Tuesday, so he took a test that came back positive.
The PGA reported Johnson was experiencing symptoms, prompting him to take a test. Players are tested prior to travel each week and on-site as part of the PGA Tour’s COVID-19 testing protocols.
Johnson was one of the favorites for the CJ Cup. He now will miss the event. Johnson has not played since he finished tied for sixth at the U.S. Open last month. It is also possible he could play at the Houston Open the week before the Masters, which is Nov. 12-15.
Another golfer, Tony Finau, recently tested positive for COVID-19. Finau withdrew from last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open due to a positive test. He also withdrew from the CJ Cup field.
You can still bet on the rest of the field for the CJ Cup at BetUS.com.