U.S. golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID

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Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.

What he's saying: "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.

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"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."

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What's happening: "Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau and is undergoing the requisite testing protocol" Sunday and Monday before his expected departure for Japan, per a USA Golf statement.

Of note: Reed is the only two-time USA Olympian for the men's golfing competition, having previously represented the national team in 2016.

  • Reed in a statement wished DeChambeau well and said he's "excited" to represent the U.S. "I will do my best to play my best," he added.

The big picture: Along with Reed, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele will represent Team USA Golf in the men's competition.

  • The American women's Olympic golfing team is represented by Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda.

What's next: The first round of golfing competition is due to take place this Thursday local time.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Reed and further context.

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