The British star will now have to withdraw from the second major of the season.

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English golfer Charley Hull has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the ANA Inspiration.

The Rose Series Order of Merit winner was diagnosed after undergoing the LPGA Tour's COVID-19 testing process just before the second major of the season was about to kick off.

Having already flown out to California, Charley has now withdrawn from the tournament that is due to start on September 10 at Mission Hills Country Club.

The 24-year-old is reported to have mild symptoms and is now self isolating.

Announcing the news in a message on her Instagram page at around 7.15pm today (September 8), she said:

"I didn't feel great yesterday but I put it down to jet lag, the heat and my asthma playing up. I now realise I have some mild symptoms which feel similar to having a cold and I am self-isolating and working with the Tour on contact tracing.

"I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from one of my favourite events of the year but I wish everyone the best of luck at this week's tournament and look forward to when I can return to playing on Tour."

The ANA Inspiration is one of the biggest events on the ladies' calendar and this will surely come as a huge blow to her.

But of course the main thing is that she stays safe and recovers quickly.

Hope you get well soon Charley, our thoughts are with you.

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