Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States on the 18th tee during Day Two of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 16, 2021 in Sandwich, England.
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States on the 18th tee during Day Two of the 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 16 in Sandwich, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.

What he's saying: "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.

"Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo. I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so."
— DeChambeau

What's happening: "Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau and is undergoing the requisite testing protocol" Sunday and Monday before his expected departure for Japan, per a USA Golf statement.

Of note: Reed is the only two-time USA Olympian for the men's golfing competition, having previously represented the national team in 2016.

  • Reed in a statement wished DeChambeau well and said he's "excited" to represent the U.S. "I will do my best to play my best," he added.

The big picture: Along with Reed,  Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele will represent Team USA Golf in the men's competition.

  • The American women's Olympic golfing team is represented by Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda.

What's next: The first round of golfing competition is due to take place this Thursday local time.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Reed and further context.

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