South African Louis de Jager withdrew from the 149th edition of the British Open on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus.
De Jager, along with former British Open champion Zach Johnson, have confirmed their withdrawal from the tournament.
Johnson lifted the Claret Jug awarded to the British Open champion at St Andrews in 2015 and also won the Masters in 2007.
The 45-year-old American and De Jager are the latest stars to pull out of the British Open, which starts on Thursday at Royal St George’s in Kent after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
Ryan Moore also withdrew from the event on Monday due to a back injury, taking the total number of players to opt out so far to 16.
Reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and US star Bubba Watson withdrew this past Sunday due to Covid-19.
Adam Long, Sam Horsfield and Dylan Frittelli are now in the field, with Wade Ormsby, Matthieu Pavon and Ross Fisher next on the reserve list.
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