PGA Tour carries on after first positive coronavirus test

PGA Tour carries on after first positive coronavirus test

PGA Tour carries on after first positive coronavirus test

PGA Tour veteran Nick Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage tournament on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19, the U.S. tour said in a statement.

His caddie, Tony Navarro, and another caddie, Don Gadberry, who works for Brendon Todd but was staying in the same house as Navarro, both tested negative for the Covid-19 disease.

Watney finished the first round of the tournament with an even-par 71, where he played alongside Vaughn Taylor and Luke List. Taylor shot a 1-under 70 to get to 7 under, tied for 56th, and eight shots out of the lead.

The Tour said that Watney did not travel to the tournament this week on the chartered flight that it is offering players and caddies, but rather traveled privately.

Navarro said in a text he tested negative.

Garcia then talked about how a positive test for himself would've kept him from making a second straight cut.

Watney's was the first positive test on Tour since the circuit restarted its schedule last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge and most players said they remain confident in the Tour's current testing plan, but Watney did offer one suggestion.

Under the tour's protocols, players who are tested upon arrival are allowed to practice until the results are back, but they are not allowed in facilities like the clubhouse. It's the PGA Tour's first case since they resumed play last week. He was just saying, 'Look, I hope I didn't get too close to you'. Major League Baseball temporarily shut down all of its spring training sites in Florida and Arizona after an coronavirus outbreak forced the Phillies, and later the Blue Jays, to cease operations at their spring sites in Florida.

According to a PGA Tour participant resource guide, anyone who tests positive will be quarantined while a "disinfecting/decontaminating response" is implemented to ensure all possible surfaces touched by the infected individual are quickly cleaned. The Tour is in Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship.

The field at the tournament features plenty of household names, including the top five golfers in the world rankings.

More stories emerged of a SC resort that was busy as ever, even though fans aren't allowed on the golf course.

The third round of the PGA Tour's Hilton Head golf tournament started Saturday with some sense of relief.

Brooks Koepka, who carded a 5-under 66 in the second round, said after his round that he was standing right next to Watney in the parking lot of the course on Friday morning.

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