David Duval Has COVID-19

David Duval acknowledges the crowd after finishing on the 18th green during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom.
David Duval during the 148th Open Championship on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom (Image credit: Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

There will be a missing voice in coverage of this week's Masters Tournament, which was moved from its traditional magnolia-festooned April due to COVID-19.

David Duval, studio analyst for Golf Channel, has tested positive for the virus, according to the cable network.

Duvall tweeted: "I’m so sad not being a part of the Masters coverage this week. I flew to Atlanta and drove to Augusta Sunday. I went straight to the testing site and got tested. Like so many other Americans I was apparently unknowingly exposed to COVID and tested positive."

Duval told the channel he did not have symptoms, according to his fellow analysts, who announced the diagnosis on Live from the Masters Tuesday night (Nov. 10) to explain the absence of the former world number one golfer and major champion.

"As of now I have no symptomsm: Duvall tweeted. "I drove home straight thru the night and am in quarantine in my basement."

Former Masters Champion Sergio Garcia had to drop out of the tournament after he also tested positive for the virus.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.