2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau won’t be able to represent the United States golf team in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19. DeChambeau tested positive for COVID in the final testing protocol before leaving the United States. He will be replaced by Patrick Reed, who now becomes the only two-time Olympian on Team USA.
USA Golf released a statement announcing the news on Saturday night.
USA Golf announces Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 and is replaced at the Olympics by Patrick Reed. pic.twitter.com/QSmfYzlnmR
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 25, 2021
“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” said DeChambeau. “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.”
“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.”
DeChambeau, 27, is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and currently ranks as the No. 6 player in the world.
Reed, 30, won the 2018 Masters Tournament and ranks as the No. 13 player in the world.
Team USA also features Collin Morikawa (No. 3 in the world), Justin Thomas (No. 4), and Xander Schauffele (No. 5).