Pádraig Harrington

Pádraig Harrington 

Pádraig Harrington has been forced to withdraw from this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour after the European Ryder Cup captain tested positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday.

Per PGA Tour protocol, the positive COVID test will require Harrington, 49, to self-quarantine for an unspecified period. Harrington missed the cut at last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open after playing the first two rounds with Madison's Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

Harrington played back-to-back weeks on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi and Dubai — finishing sixth behind Paul Casey — before teeing it up at TPC Scottsdale. It was the first time since September that he missed a cut.

Sanford Health, a Sioux Falls, S.D., health system and PGA Tour partner, conducts about 400 COVID-19 tests weekly as golfers arrive on site for that week's event. Technicians arrive the Saturday before the tournament and remain on site until Thursday, typically the first round of the event.

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