Haas pulls out of RSM Classic due to positive COVID-19 test

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FILE PHOTO: PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge - First Round
FILE PHOTO: PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge - First Round

(Reuters) - American Bill Haas has withdrawn from this weekend's RSM Classic in Georgia after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

Haas, who won the FedEx Cup in 2011, returned a positive result for the novel coronavirus during pre-tournament testing ahead of the Nov. 19-22 event at Sea Island Golf Club.

"It’s obviously disappointing news to receive, but my focus is now on recovery and ensuring the health and well-being of my family," said six-times PGA Tour winner Haas in a statement https://www.pgatour.com/news/2020/11/17/bill-haas-tests-positive-covid-19-coronavirus.html.

The 38-year-old will now self-isolate as per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the PGA Tour said.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)