Kamaiu Johnson, who was set to make his PGA TOUR debut at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open before testing positive for COVID-19, has been awarded a sponsor’s exemption into The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa, March 15-21.
“As I said when I first learned that I had to withdraw, a fork in the road often has an interesting way of leading to new opportunities,” Johnson said. “It was beyond disappointing not to be able to play at the Farmers Insurance Open after all of the support that Farmers has shown me and the APGA Tour. Now, to find out that I will still have a chance to fulfill my dream of playing on the PGA TOUR is almost overwhelming. I’m so thankful for Honda and the team at the Honda Classic for taking a challenging situation and turning it into a blessing.”
After traveling from Orlando, Florida, to La Jolla, California earlier this week, Johnson, 27, tested positive and withdrew from the Farmers. He was replaced in the field by friend and fellow Farmers ambassador Willie Mack III, but it was a tough pill to swallow. To make matters worse, Johnson tweeted that his mother had also contracted COVID and was in the hospital.
Thursday, though, brought better news. Johnson, a standout on the Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) Tour, which seeks to advance minority participation in golf, tweeted that his mother was feeling better.
Then he revealed that he’d gotten the call to tee it up at The Honda Classic.
Source: PGA tour