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After an excellent final month of his rookie season that featured a top-five finish at his first PGA Championship, a 59 at the Northern Trust Open and two more top-fives, Scottie Scheffler’s surging stardom is hitting a brief snag. The 24-year-old will miss the U.S. Open after testing positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement from the U.S. Open.

Scheffler is the first known COVID-19-related scratch for the event, which will be golf’s second major since the PGA Tour’s June restart. He will be replaced by Branden Grace, who was the first player to test positive for COVID-19 following the restart. The U.S. Open starts Thursday at Winged Foot Golf…

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