John Daly cites COVID-19 and joins growing list of PGA Championship withdrawals


The list of players who choose not to participate in the first major of 2020 continues to grow.

A total of 156 players will play this week at TPC Harding Park in the first major men’s championship since Shane Lowry left Royal Portrush with the burgundy jug 13 months ago. But the alternate roster has undergone extensive training to keep the field full, with more than a dozen players retiring for various reasons.

That list includes 1991 winner John Daly, whose retirement was announced on Sunday. Daly will miss the PGA for the first time since 2013, and he then tweeted that the decision was based on safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic:

A total of 14 players have now withdrawn from this week’s event, including Ryan Moore who cited a “scheduling conflict”. The various changes mean that the Swede Alex Noren is now the first replacement.

Here’s a look at some of the other players who have pulled out or have chosen not to accept their invitation to this week’s event at TPC Harding Park:

PAR Brentley Romine

JB Holmes and Charles Howell III each announced their intention to withdraw from the first major tournament of the year on Saturday.

Ryan Moore (scheduling conflict)

Branden Grace (test COVID-19 positive)

John Daly (COVID-19 concerns)

Vijay Singh (blessure)

JB Holmes (injury)

Charles Howell III (blessure)

Paul Waring (injury)

Francesco Molinari (no reason given)

Padraig Harrington (COVID-19 issues)

YE Yang (no reason given)

Thomas Pieters (no reason given)

Shugo Imahira (no reason given)

Lee Westwood (concerns about COVID-19)

Eddie Pepperell (COVID-19 concerns)


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