Australian Adam Scott tests positive for COVID-19 three weeks before Masters

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Australia’s former Masters champion Adam Scott has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from this week’s PGA Tour event in California.

Scott’s exit comes hot on the heels of world number one Dustin Johnson testing positive last week at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.

Scott has not played since last month’s US Open and has played only four times — two majors and two FedEx Cup play-off events — in the four months since the PGA Tour returned from the COVID-19 shutdown.

The news of his positive test comes on the eve of the Zozo Championship and just three weeks before the start of the Masters, which has been pushed back from its usual April slot to a November 12 start.

The 40-year-old remains the only Australian to have won the event, back in 2013.

“While it’s difficult news to receive — as I really looked forward to playing this week — my focus now is on recovery for the final stretch of the fall,” Scott said in a statement.

Scott, who won at Riviera in February, is ranked 15th in the world and is the third player from the top 20 to have tested positive in the last three weeks, along with Americans Johnson and Tony Finau.

After self-isolating for 10 days, Scott will not have to be tested again for three months under CDC guidelines the PGA Tour has adopted.

AAP