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Purdy, Sofa out of PGA occasion with constructive exams

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Within the last week of the PGA Tour testing gamers as a requirement to play, Ted Purdy and Chris Sofa needed to withdraw from the Barbasol Championship on Tuesday once they examined constructive for the coronavirus.

That makes 4 gamers who’ve examined constructive within the final 12 days. The Barbasol Championship was the primary match for the reason that Valspar Championship in late April that had greater than participant obtain a constructive COVID-19 take a look at.

The Barbasol Championship is held reverse the British Open. Purdy, whose lone PGA Tour victory was in 2005 on the Byron Nelson Championship, began out because the sixth alternate when the sphere was set final Friday. Sofa’s solely PGA Tour title was in New Orleans a 12 months later. He was listed because the third alternate.

They have been changed by Eric Axley and Smylie Kaufman.

Zach Johnson had a constructive COVID-19 take a look at after the John Deere Basic and needed to withdraw from the British Open.

Hideki Matsuyama acquired a constructive take a look at after the primary spherical of the Rocket Mortgage Basic. Although he’s asymptomatic and accomplished his 10 days of isolation, Matsuyama stored testing constructive and needed to withdraw from the British Open.

In a June 28 memo to gamers, the tour mentioned testing as a situation for competitors would finish beginning with the 3M Open in Minnesota subsequent week.

Gamers who’ve been vaccinated don’t have to be examined.

Purdy has performed 3 times this 12 months, two opposite-field occasions and the one-time match at Congaree in South Carolina. Sofa has solely performed the Puerto Rico Open this 12 months, an opposite-field occasion, and missed the minimize.

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