Grace tests sure, knocking him out of contention and PGA

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Branden Grace examined sure for the coronavirus Saturday, a double blow to the South African who was once one birdie out of the lead on the Barracuda Championship and now can’t play next week within the PGA Championship.

Grace was once at 20 aspects within the modified Stableford scoring plot within the Barracuda Championship, two aspects out of the lead and within the penultimate pairing at Extinct Greenwood Golf Path. But he felt tired Friday evening and conception it had to withhold out with taking half in in altitude. He was once examined to make positive, and it came reduction sure and he withdrew.

“I wished to in finding examined out of admire for my chums and all people inviting with the tournament,” Grace said in a assertion to the tour. “While it’s downhearted given my articulate on the leaderboard, a truly mighty component is our effectively being.”

Under PGA Tour guidelines, Grace has to self-isolate for 10 days and be with out a fever for 24 hours earlier than returning. The PGA Championship begins Thursday in San Francisco.

The tour said Grace’s caddie examined detrimental, nonetheless he’ll quarantine for 14 days. The tour said its contact tracing did no longer lead to extra attempting out.

Grace has conducted in every valuable relationship to the 2014 British Commence and holds the main championship file with a 62 at Royal Birkdale within the 2017 British Commence.

Extra than lacking a essential was once a probability to rating for the 2d time on the PGA Tour and the 13th time in his occupation. He’s No. 156 within the FedEx Cup, with entirely three tournaments remaining for the waste 125 to qualify for the postseason. Grace misplaced the possibility to play in two tournament in one day.

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