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Woodland among 3 out of Honda Classic golf due to positive COVID-19 tests

Gary Woodland tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in this week's 2021 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Gary Woodland tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in this week's 2021 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

March 16 (UPI) -- Gary Woodland, the No. 51 player in the world, is among three golfers who won't compete in this week's 2021 Honda Classic due to positive COVID-19 test results, the PGA Tour announced.

Tour officials said Monday that Woodland, Scott Piercy and Doc Redman have withdrawn from the tournament. The 2021 Honda Classic runs Thursday through Sunday at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Redman is No. 142 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Piercy ranks No. 188 in the world. All three played in last week's Players Championship, but only Piercy made the third-round cut. He finished tied for 69th.

Sebastian Cappelen will replace Woodland in the 144-player field at the Honda Classic. D.J. Trahan and Kiradech Aphibarnrat will replace Piercy and Redman, respectively.

Aphibarnrat is ranked No. 318 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Trahan is ranked No. 467; Capelen is No. 472.

No. 72 Danny Willett missed last week's Players Championship due to a positive COVID-19 test. He is not in the field for the Honda Classic.

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No. 15 Daniel Berger is the betting favorite to win the 2021 Honda Classic. Defending champion Sungjae Im, Joaquin Niemann, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott also are among the favorites.

Berger is the highest-ranked player in the field at the 2021 Honda Classic, which features just seven Top 50 competitors.

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