Zalatoris Has Momentum Stifled By Positive Covid Test

As has been the case with a lot of things over the past two years, nothing can halt growing momentum like Covid.

Covid’s victim this week? Will Zalatoris, fresh off a T6 finish at the American Express and solo second-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Zalatoris tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday and was forced to withdraw from this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Zalatoris shot a final-round 67 at PGA West to climb five spots on the leaderboard for his first top-10 finish of 2022 two weeks ago, and last week at Torrey, the Texas resident missed a putt on the 72nd hole to win outright. He would go on to lose to Luke List in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Not part of the plan

Despite losing in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday night in San Diego, Zalatoris was able to reconcile his most recent brush with his first PGA Tour victory by harkening back to his lone Korn Ferry Tour win at the TPC Colorado Championship in 2020.

“The emotions that I’m kind of feeling are a little bit (like they were on) Korn Ferry right before I got my first win. I horseshoed one from about 15 feet and then won the next week, so I know my game’s really close,” Zalatoris said. “I’m fortunate enough I’ll be playing next week too on a few golf courses I know really well.”

Unfortunately, the 25-year-old will have to wait at least two more weeks to get that first victory. As of this writing, Zalatoris hasn’t entered to play in next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Expecting to take a week off between what would have been a three-week stretch, we’ll see if his schedule changes in the coming days due to this unforeseen WD.