Levy claims unwanted first with Covid-19 test
France’s Alex Levy has withdrawn from the Celtic Classic after becoming the first European Tour player to test positive for Covid-19.
Levy initially tested negative, after informing tournament officials that a friend he had met at home in France over the weekend had tested positive for the virus, but was re-tested and returned a positive result. The 30-year-old must now self-isolate for 14 days and fellow player Romain Wattel was also withdrawn from the event after being identified as one of Levy’s contacts at Celtic Manor. Wattel and Levy’s caddie Tom Ayling have returned negative tests.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who recently became a father, is the first-round leader after firing a seven-under-par 64. He holds a one-shot lead over England’s Toby Tree and Australian Jake McLeod.
Meanwhile Azahara Munoz, of Spain, who was disqualified last week from the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio after failing to sign her scorecard, maintained her focus yesterday to put herself in the mix after the first round of the Ladies Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club, in East Lothian.
She fired a three-under 68 to lie one stroke behind early leader Nicole Broch Larsen, of Denmark.
Failed re-test: Alex Levy is the first European Tour player to test positive and misses the Celtic Classic