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Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau out of the Tokyo Olympics after positive coronavirus tests

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Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau have both withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after the pair tested positive for COVID-19 before their departure for Japan.

Rahm, the top ranked golfer in the world, had been required to take three PCR tests after his visit to the United Kingdom to compete in The Open and, while he produced negative samples for the first two, he had a positive result on the third.

“Jon Rahm tests positive for Covid-19 and will not play the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said the Royal Spanish Golf Federation on its official website.

“With no material time to find a replacement and comply with all the sanitary protocols required at the Olympic Games, Spanish golf will only be represented, in the men’s category, by Adri Arnaus.”

DeChambeau, the world No6, will be replaced in the United States men’s golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf said on Sunday.

For the USA, Reed will join the team in Japan after the completion of the required testing protocols, with the first round of the competition to begin on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club, where Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood will also be competing.

"I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau, who was involved in a spat with his equipment manufacturer at The Open last week, said in a statement.

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"Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour 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."

Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters, completes a stong squad for the United States that also features recently crowned Open champion Collin Morikawa as well as 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.

"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."

Team GB’s Justin Rose won Olympic gold in Rio five years ago but is not in Japan to defend his title and now neither of the last two US Open winners will be in the field.

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