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Tokyo Olympics: Team USA golf star Bryson DeChambeau tests POSITIVE for Covid

Team USA golf star Bryson DeChambeau left ‘deeply disappointed’ as he tests POSITIVE for Covid to rule him out of Tokyo Olympics with Patrick Reed stepping in to replace him

Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced in Team USA’s men’s golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf confirmed on Sunday.

Reed will join the team in Japan after the completion of the required testing protocols, with the first round of the competition to begin on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

‘I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,’ DeChambeau said in a statement.

Bryson DeChambeau will play no part at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid

DeChambeau is to be replaced by Patrick Reed, who faces a race against time to get to Tokyo

DeChambeau is to be replaced by Patrick Reed, who faces a race against time to get to Tokyo

‘Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour 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 talked up a 'tremendous honour' to represent his country but will now miss out

DeChambeau talked up a ‘tremendous honour’ to represent his country but will now miss out

Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters, completes a strong squad for the United States that also features recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa as well as 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.

‘I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo,’ said Reed.

‘I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country.’

‘We’re obviously disappointed for Bryson, as we know how much he was looking forward to representing the United States in his first Olympics,’ said Andy Levinson, USA Golf Executive Director. 

Team USA have a star-studded line-up which includes The Open champion Collin Morikawa

Team USA have a star-studded line-up which includes The Open champion Collin Morikawa

‘But we’re thrilled that Patrick Reed is excited to play for his country when he is called upon, even with the strenuous testing protocols and he is set to arrive just in time to compete – on a golf course he will have never seen prior to the start of competition. 

‘It really illustrates the importance of the Olympics and the value Patrick places on playing for Team USA and for his country. 

‘We’re excited to welcome him to Tokyo soon and know he’ll be a formidable competitor for Team USA.’  

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