South Africa's Branden Grace Image Credit: AP

Los Angeles: South Africa’s Branden Grace withdrew from the PGA Barracuda Championship after testing positive for COVID-19, the US PGA Tour announced.

Grace scored 10 points in each of the first two rounds under the Modified Stableford scoring system to stand only two adrift of leader Kyle Stanley entering the third round on the Old Greenwood course at Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California.


“I felt great all week,” Grace said Saturday in a statement. “Last night, I was tired and thought it had to do with the altitude.

“This morning, I notified the PGA Tour about my symptoms before going to the golf course. I wanted to get tested out of respect for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament.

“While it is unfortunate given my position on the leaderboard, the most important thing is our health.”

Grace will have a self-isolation period of 10 days under PGA protocols and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Grace’s caddie tested negative for COVID-19 but will quarantine for 14 days under tour and CDC guidelines.

The PGA Tour implemented contact tracing upon those who might have been in close contact with Grace and tour medical advisers “are not recommending any additional testing at this time”.