Levy claims un­wanted first with Covid-19 test

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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

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