Padraig Harrington tests positive for COVID-19, out of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am


European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday.

He will be replaced in the field by first alternate Sangmoon Bae.

Harrington, 49, has continued to play a full-time schedule as he evaluates candidates for his team to take on the Americans at Whistling Straits on Sept. 24-26.

He is the latest scratch from a relatively week field for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which will be played without amateurs or celebrities this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Dustin Johnson’s withdrawal on Monday evening, there is not a single top-10 player in the field and just three inside the top 20 of the world rankings.

A three-time major winner, Harrington will have three captain’s picks to fill out his roster, while his American counterpart Steve Stricker will have six. The nine automatic qualifiers for the European side will be comprised of the leading four players on the European Points list, which is determined by a player’s finishes on the European Tour, and the leading five members not otherwise qualified on the World Points list, which corresponds to the amount of world ranking points a player has earned. Both captains will make their captain’s picks a few weeks before the event.

Harrington finished T-6 in last months Dubai Desert Classic but does not have a top-10 on the PGA Tour since January 2016.

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