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Kamaiu Johnson WDs from Farmers Insurance Open with COVID


Kamaiu Johnson was all set to make his first PGA Tour begin this week.

The reigning Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour Championship winner had earned a sponsor’s exemption into the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego this week.

Yet on Tuesday night time, Johnson was hit by COVID-19.

The 27-year-old withdrew from the match after testing optimistic for the coronavirus, and now has to quarantine in Southern California for 10 days.

“To say that I’m disillusioned could be a large understatement,” Johnson stated in an announcement, via the PGA Tour. “I’ve dreamed of taking part in on the PGA Tour for a protracted, very long time, however well being and security come first. It’s instances like these the place you need to maintain specializing in the large image at hand, and from my expertise, a fork within the highway typically has an fascinating means of resulting in new alternatives.

“Getting a glimpse of the Farmers Insurance Open and what it would be like to play on the PGA Tour only further ignites the fire inside me to work that much harder to chase the dream of playing on Tour full time. I am so thankful to Farmers Insurance and entire team at the Century Club of San Diego for not only providing me with this opportunity but also for all they’re doing to promote diversity in golf and beyond.”

Johnson is now the fifth golfer this month to test positive and forced to withdraw from a tournament.

To make the situation worse, Johnson’s mom is also battling the coronavirus — and he told ESPN on Tuesday night that she had to be hospitalized while fighting pneumonia in Florida.

But, as he’s required to quarantine, Johnson is stuck on the other side of the country.

When Johnson will make it back to the PGA Tour remains to be seen. He was replaced in the field by Willie Mack III, who is also an APGA player and had earned a sponsor exemption into the Genesis Invitational.

“I’ve an important group performing some nice issues for me,” Johnson told ESPN. “I’m just going to continue to work hard, and whatever happens, happens.”

Kamaiu Johnson at an APGA event

Kamaiu Johnson poses with his earnings check following the final round of an APGA Tour event on the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village on July 10, 2020 in Saint Augustine, Florida. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR/Getty Images)

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