Grace tests positive, knocking him out of contention and PGA

Mike Weir makes his debut on the Champioins Tour on Friday

Grace was two points back (equivalent to one birdie) and in a tie for second going into the weekend at the modified Stableford scoring event in Truckee, California.

"Last night, I was exhausted and thought it had to do with the altitude", said the South African.

() - South Africa's Branden Grace has withdrawn from the Barracuda Championship prior to the third round after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Saturday.

Starting Round 2 on the 10th tee at the Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood Course, the 47-year-old Atwal carded bogeys on the 11th and the 15th before recovering with a birdie on the 18th.

Not much has happened according to schedule in 2020, so consider Mike Weir's PGA Tour Champions debut this week a belated birthday present.

Players receive 8 points for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

Following Grace's positive test, the PGA Tour has implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who may have had close contact with Grace.

He had a straight-forward approach for the final round after falling to Collin Morikawa past year at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

Last year, Merritt seized a two-point lead through 54 holes of the event but shot plus-7 in the final round, finishing at plus-44 and three strokes behind victor Collin Morikawa. He had two previous top-five finishes in the event.

Grillo, from Argentina, won his lone PGA Tour title in 2016.

More than missing a major was a chance to win for the second time on the PGA Tour and the 13th time in his career. The good news for McNealy is that his girlfriend, Danielle Kang, is tied for the lead in OH in the LPGA Tour's return.

Grace was tied for second place with Matthias Schwab and Robert Streb after 36 holes when he withdrew.

The Barracuda Championship is an alternate field event that is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn. Joseph Bramlett and Richy Werenski followed at 28. He was initially paired with Branden Grace before his withdrawal. First place takes home $630,000.

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