Horsefield withdraws from 120th U.S. Open Championship

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Sam Horsefield, who has played in 14 USGA championships, including three U.S. Opens, has withdrawn from the 120th U.S. Open Championship this week following a positive COVID-19 test.
Horsfield tested negative on a pre-arrival test taken last week and traveled to New York for the championship and immediately proceeded to U.S. Open testing, where he received a positive result. He is asymptomatic and feeling well.  
“Sam has had an excellent year on the European Tour, winning the UK series to earn a spot in this year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and we are disappointed to lose a player of his caliber from the field,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “Sam has a wonderful USGA pedigree and we look forward to watching him play in future U.S. Open Championships.”
Horsfield, who competed in the 2015, 2016 and 2019 U.S. Opens, will be replaced in the field by Rory Sabbatini, a 44-year-old professional from Slovakia, the first alternate as determined by the Official World Golf Ranking as of Aug. 23.
Horsfield, 24, won two of the five UK Swing Tournaments on the European Tour this season. He recorded victories at the Hero Open (Aug. 2) and Celtic Classic (Aug. 16). Horsfield, who was a first-team All-American and All-Southeastern Conference selection at the University of Florida, has played in five different USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Junior Amateurs.  
Sabbatini, who was No. 92 in the OWGR as of Aug. 23, will play in his 13th U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 30th in 2011 at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md.  
Sabbatini has won six PGA Tour events and was a member of the 2007 Presidents Cup International Team. He tied for second in the 2007 Masters.
The 120th U.S. Open begins Thursday.