Houston Open: Higgs withdraws after positive COVID-19 test

American golfer Harry Higgs has withdrawn from this week's Houston Open after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

Harry Higgs in action at the Zozo Championship in October.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Harry Higgs has withdrawn from this week's Houston Open after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

Higgs, in his second year on the Tour, last played at the Zozo Championship in October where he tied for 54th.

The 28-year-old would self isolate in line with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“While I am disappointed to have to withdraw, I am grateful that I drove to Houston by myself and was alone as I awaited my pre-tournament screening results,” Higgs said. “I look forward to returning to competition when it is safe to do so.”

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The American will be replaced by first alternate Kramer Hickock in the field, which also includes world number one Dustin Johnson and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.