Golf-Former champion Johnson withdraws from British Open

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(Reuters) - Former British Open winner Zach Johnson will miss this year's championship at Royal St George's in Kent after testing positive for COVID-19, the R&A said on Monday while announcing two more withdrawals.

South African Louis de Jager has also been forced out due to a positive COVID-19 test, while last-minute qualifier Ryan Moore is recovering from a back injury and will not appear.

The trio will be replaced by Sam Horsfield, Dylan Frittelli and Adam Long.

"I am disappointed to announce that I have tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to withdraw from the 2021 Open Championship," Johnson, who won the Open in 2015, wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/ZachJohnsonPGA/status/1414586075939577857.

"I look forward to returning to St. Andrews next year, a place where I have such wonderful memories. Good luck to all the competitors."

Reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and two-times Augusta winner Bubba Watson also announced their withdrawals on Sunday after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Open begins on Thursday.

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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