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Bryson DeChambeau tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Olympics

The 2020 US Open champion will be replaced by Patrick Reed.

Bryson DeChambeau of the USA after playing his tee shot on the first during Day Four of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

According to NBC Sports Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19, and will miss the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

DeChambeau released a statement saying about his status.

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA. 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.”

The longest hitter on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau was a threat to win a medal, but will be replaced by the 2018 Master Champion Patrick Reed. Reed was also a participant in the 2016 Games in Rio, and his late entry makes him the first two-time Olympian since the reintroduction of the sport five years ago.

The first round of the competition at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, about an hour northeast of Downtown Tokyo, is set for Thursday. Spain’s Jon Rahm is the +400 favorite to win the gold medal at DraftKings Sportsbook, with reigning Open Championship winner and Team USA’s Collin Morikawa the second choice at +750.