Masters: David Duval tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Augusta as Golf Channel analyst

David Duval, the former World No. 1 golfer and now a broadcaster with Golf Channel, will miss this week’s Masters after having tested positive for COVID-19.

After testing positive on his way to Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, the 49-year-old television analyst returned to his home in Denver.

“I’m so sad not being a part of the Masters coverage this week,” Duval said Tuesday night on Twitter. “I flew to Atlanta and drove to Augusta Sunday. I went straight to the testing site and got tested. Like so many other Americans I was apparently unknowingly exposed to COVID and tested positive. …

“As of now I have no symptoms. I drove home straight thru the night and am in quarantine in my basement.”

Duval was scheduled to work this week for Golf Channel from Augusta National Golf Club. He also had taken a lead analyst role with ESPN at the PGA Championship in August.

Duval has a long history of near misses at Augusta National. At the peak of his game around the turn of the century – he won the 2001 British Open – Duval finished tied for second at Augusta in 1998, tied for sixth in 1999, tied for third in 2000 and second in 2001.

As of Tuesday night, the Golf Channel had not announced who, if anyone, would take Duval’s place on air from the Masters.

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