Bubba Watson to Miss Open Championship After Covid Exposure Despite Being Fully Vaccinated


Fully vaccinated pro-golfer Bubba Watson took to Twitter on Sunday to say he will sit out the Open Championship because he was exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Watson explained to fans that even though he has been vaccinated, not enough time has passed since he came in contact with an infected person to be able to safely travel.

In a follow up tweet, Watson told skeptical Twitter commenters that travel rules are different for the UK and he is not allowed to travel due to his circumstances. “I don’t make the rules but do have to follow them,” he concluded.

Watson, 42, is one of five pro golfers who will be skipping this year’s tournament. He joins 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Matthew Wolff, Danny Lee, and K.H. Lee in sitting out the 2021 championship.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, this year’s strict tournament rules state that the players will be tested for the virus as soon as they check in regardless of their vaccination status. They will also be quarantined to their hotels and the course facilities and will not be permitted to go to stores, restaurants, bars, or other unauthorized places while competing. And anyone deemed to have been exposed will automatically be disqualified and asked to immediately leave the course, even if they have been vaccinated.

The 2021 Open Championship will kick off on July 15 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the global pandemic.

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