Finau withdraws from Las Vegas PGA after testing positive for Covid-19

Published October 7, 2020, 8:26 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

In this file photo taken on September 19, 2020 Tony Finau of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the 120th US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

US golfer Tony Finau was withdrawn from this week’s Shriners Hospitals Open in Nevada after testing positive for Covid-19, the PGA Tour confirmed on Tuesday.

Finau, the world number 16, returned a positive test during pre-tournament screening for the event staged at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, the tour said in a statement.

Finau later confirmed the positive test in a brief statement on Twitter.

“Earlier today, I received a positive result for Covid-19 under PGA TOUR on-site testing protocols and have begun a period of self-quarantine to protect others around me,” Finau said.

“I am feeling well, and am otherwise in good spirits,” added Finau, whose place in the field now been handed to Bronson Burgoon.

Finau, 31, has not played since last month’s US Open, where he finished tied with four other players in eighth place.