Major champions withdraw from US PGA

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When the US PGA Championship takes place next week, it will do so without major winners Padraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari.

Neither player has competed on the PGA Tour since the sport returned from its shutdown in June, with tournament organisers confirming the decision on Thursday.

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The PGA Championship was originally scheduled for May before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As expected, the PGA of America followed the PGA Tour's lead on most health and safety protocols for next week's PGA Championship, including a move to allow players who continue to test positive for COVID-19 but have been given the green light to return to work under CDC guidelines.

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Harrington, a victor of three major titles and Europe's Ryder Cup captain, has been replaced by American Talor Gooch for the tournament at TPC Harding Park.

Harrington, 48, and Molinari, 37, have been replaced in the field by Americans Talor Gooch and Troy Merritt. English pair Lee Westwood and Eddie Pepperell had previously confirmed they would not be taking their places in the field.

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