Tony Finau tests positive, withdraws from Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Tony Finau tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Finau, ranked 16th in the world and coming off a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open three weeks ago, disclosed via Twitter on Tuesday that he tested positive via the PGA Tour's weekly protocols at the event. He wrote he has "begun a period of self-quarantine to protect others around me. I am feeling well, and am otherwise in good spirits. I look forward to returning to action as soon as I am able, and I wish everyone at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open a great week ahead!''

It is possible that the positive result will keep Finau out of next week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, also to be played in Las Vegas, although it is unclear if he intended to play the event.

Finau is just the 14th player to test positive for the coronavirus since the PGA Tour's return from a 13-week break at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in May. Two players tested positive at the U.S. Open, but prior to that, the tour was on a six-week run of no positive cases.

The Tour has also announced three caddies having tested positive over that time.

This week's Las Vegas event is the 18th straight tournament in a row following the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a two-week swing in Las Vegas, the tour moves to the relocated Zozo Championship outside of Los Angeles, followed by an event in Bermuda, the Houston Open and then the Masters.

Finau, who has one PGA Tour victory, tied for ninth at the Shriners event a year ago. He was replaced in this week's field by Bronson Burgoon.