Koepka withdraws from Travelers after caddie tests positive for COVID-19

Koepka withdraws from Travelers after caddie tests positive for COVID-19

Koepka withdraws from Travelers after caddie tests positive for COVID-19

But the early tee off time did not agree with overnight leader Phil Mickelson, who is chasing a 45th PGA Tour title.

The 2016 Zurich Classic champion started strong during Friday's round, birding the 12th hole thanks to a 130-yard approach shot that left him 14 feet shy of the hole to go 1-under-par through his first three holes.

Mickelson is at 13-under 127 at the midway point.

Mickelson is playing his first event since reaching the milestone birthday on June 16.

Todd, 34, missed the cuts at the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage, the PGA Tour's first two events since returning from a three-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is tied for 18th at 10-under after an up-and-down 69 on Saturday.

"I'm just riding the confidence I had last fall when I was playing well", said Todd, who won back-to-back tournaments last November.

"I got back Tuesday, thinking that I had no chance of getting into the tournament, and then got the call from the tour about the option of possibly getting up here", he said. He recorded three consecutive birdies on Nos.

Hughes, a 29-year-old Canadian, had a chance to shoot the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, but his 40-foot birdie attempt on his final hole came up short.

"Here we are, so keep it rolling", Gordon said during a television interview. He started on the back nine and shot 30 and followed up with a 32 on his final nine holes. Nick Watney tested positive prior to last week's tournament in Hilton Head. "I've been really free and letting them go in".

Gordon birdied eight of his first 11 holes while soaring up the leaderboard.

Gordon's lone bogey came on the par-4 12th hole.

DeChambeau (67) is one of 11 players who share ninth place at 8 under.

As for McIlroy, he was off a shade in all departments in following his opening 63 with a 68 but, at just four off the pace, there was no real damage done.

"I'd been through a huge amount emotionally and mentally, and a couple of weeks back into it after a few months off you're going to be a little exhausted getting your golf legs back", McDowell said in Golfweek. "I've done it at home a bunch". McCarthy withdrew along with Bud Cauley, who tested negative for the virus, but had played with McCarthy on Thursday. "Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with additional aches and soreness and sensed something was off". "I guess, if I'd been able to sneak a couple over the last few holes, got to 14 (under) I would have felt I was right in it".

McCarthy must self-isolate for at least 10 days, per tour protocols. Cameron Champ withdrew after he tested positive and Graeme McDowell withdrew after his caddie, Ken Comboy, tested positive.

The PGA Tour announced that all follow-up Covid-19 tests as a result of potential contact with American Denny McCarthy, who on Friday became the seventh player to withdraw from the event for coronavirus-related reasons, were negative. Their caddies, David McNeill and Matt Hauser, also tested negative as did McCarthy's caddy, Derek Smith.

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