The caddies for Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell have examined constructive for the coronavirus, main each main champions to withdraw Wednesday from the Vacationers Championship in Connecticut.
“The snowball is getting just a little bit larger,” McDowell stated as he started the 1,931-kilometre drive from the TPC River Highlands to his residence in Orlando, Fla.
McDowell examined detrimental, although he suspects he has the virus and determined to drive residence to start out his self-isolation. He stated Ricky Elliott, a longtime pal from Northern Eire and Koepka’s caddie, obtained a constructive outcome and that Koepka has withdrawn.
Cameron Champ examined constructive on Tuesday, the second participant to check constructive within the final 5 days. Nonetheless to return are outcomes from all gamers, caddies and important personnel on the Vacationers Championship, the third match for the reason that PGA Tour ended its three-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Jay Monahan scheduled a 2 p.m. ET information convention.
“Can we shut down, begin up in a month’s time, two months’ time? You come again and what’s modified,” McDowell stated. “I feel the tour is doing a fairly good job. It is simply so troublesome to regulate everyone exterior the gates.
“Now we have to get by way of to the opposite aspect of this.”
McDowell, Koepka performed apply spherical Tuesday
McDowell performed a apply spherical Tuesday with Koepka and British Open champion Shane Lowry. McDowell stated he heard from Lowry, whose take a look at was detrimental.
“The issue is, persons are out right here passing checks once they may nonetheless have the virus,” McDowell stated. “That is what we’re studying. Ricky handed a take a look at on Monday and he simply failed it this morning.”
McDowell’s caddie, Ken Comboy, by no means made it to Connecticut. McDowell missed the reduce final week on the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, S.C. He felt a sore throat and reported it on the every day questionnaire, after which Comboy drove again to Hilton Head from Orlando to take one other take a look at. That was the quickest technique to get the outcomes, and he obtained them Tuesday evening whereas ready to fly.
McDowell says he was at a memorial service on June 15 with Comboy, Elliott and McDowell’s coach, after which they drove as much as Hilton Head.
McDowell stated he was feeling just a little fatigued on the finish of final week, which he wrote off to having not competed in a match for 3 months after which enjoying two straight weeks.
“I had been feeling just a little off color, however not with alarm bells ringing till Kenny failed,” he stated.
Tour started return to play with good report
The PGA Tour’s return to tournaments began with an ideal report — 487 checks for gamers arriving at Colonial in Fort Value, Texas; 98 gamers on the constitution flight to South Carolina; 369 checks at Hilton Head Island. All got here again detrimental.
Nick Watney was the primary participant to check constructive, on Friday on the RBC Heritage. Watney, who had examined detrimental three days earlier, requested to be examined once more when his Whoop wristband — which measures varied well being metrics — confirmed a rise in his respiratory price.
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Justin Thomas, who additionally wears the wristband, stated the tour has acquired Whoop straps for gamers and caddies.
“It is loopy to say, however [without] his Whoop gadget we may have been screwed proper now as a result of he may have performed the remainder of the week and ended up contaminating or infecting many different individuals,” Thomas stated Wednesday.
Will Ahmed, the CEO and founding father of Whoop, stated the tour has acquired greater than 1,000 of the straps and that the corporate was working to combine the straps with “everybody within the PGA Tour universe.”
McDowell stated he would take two weeks off and hoped to return in July for the primary of two weeks in Ohio. However that relies on if the PGA Tour continues to be happening.