Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell out of the championship travelers after cadets have contracted a coronavirus


Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson were among five players who have withdrawn from the championship of the travelers, four of them due to an abundance of chain reactions on the coronavirus which has put the PGA Tour in guard.”The snowball gets a little bigger,” said Graeme McDowell, to the Associated Press after his retirement Wednesday because his younger brother of long-time, Ken Comboy, was tested positive to the virus.

The tour has published results that showed three positive tests at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut – Cameron Field and caddies for Koepka and McDowell. There has been no positive test on the event of Korn Ferry Tower in Utah.

As she enters the third week on his return from the pandemic COVID-19 which closed the golf course for three months, the tour has administered 2 757 testing at events on the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour in five States, with seven positive results.

Just for the PGA Tour, there has been 1 382 tests, and four positive results.

“It is a figure that is low in percentage, but each figure is wrong “, said the commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan. “I think we all need to remember that we all learn to live with this virus.

“It’s pretty clear that this virus is not going anywhere. ”

Nick Watney has been the first player to show up positive last week at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, who was of the world in the summer holidays.

The champion was found to be positive on Tuesday for Travellers, and was immediately removed.

Four other players have pulled even with negative test results.

Brooks Koepka “feels bad” for his younger brother

Koepka said his caddie, Ricky Elliott, was positive and subsequently underwent another test, which came back negative. It doesn’t matter. He chose to retire and was particularly disgusted that his younger brother, Chase Koepka, withdrew after having obtained a rare chance to play in a qualifying match Monday.

When his brother arrived, Koepka has arranged a house for it to stay there from Tuesday, so he had his brother stay with him in the meantime. Then, the brothers have played a round of training with McDowell and the winner of the British Open Shane Lowry.

Chase Koepka said he thought he should withdraw because he was in close contact with someone who had been tested positive.

“I feel bad for Chase,” said Koepka. “This course is made for him, he plays as well as I’ve ever seen. And I put it in this situation. It is one thing if I am retiring. It doesn’t get this opportunity very often. “

Brooks Koepka, right, reacts with her brother Chase, left, during a tournament in 2019. The two golfers have withdrawn from the championship of travellers on Wednesday after the younger Brooks had contracted the coronavirus. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

Simpson, who won the RBC Heritage last week with a record score which propelled him to fifth in the world ranking, withdrew when he learned that a family member had tested positive.

Monahan has stated that the tour would continue and he said that there was no set number of positive tests that would result in the closure of the golf course.

“We feel that we are on a path that will allow us to continue to support our return to golf,” said Monahan. “But don’t worry, there will not be a lot of sleepless nights. When you work in a world of uncertainty, what are the things you worry about. “

Increase of the announced measures

Monahan has sent a memo to the players outlining the measures increase in its protocols and health and safety. It is, in particular, to test the players before and after they take charter flights. The coaches of swing must now face mandatory tests every week and will be considered as part of the bubble, and the trailer for fitness will be at tournaments to prevent players to go to gyms.

He also said that the tour would pay more for the players or the cadets are self-isolated for testing positive if they had not followed the plan of health and safety.

“We all have the extraordinary responsibility to follow these protocols,” said Monahan, adding that he was sometimes guilty while he was adapting to a new way of life. “For any individual who will not have any, this will have serious implications. ”

WATCH | The tour reacts after the positive test of Nick Watney:

Lisa Cornwell, Golf Channel, gives an account of the measures taken by the PGA Tour after the golfer Nick Watney withdrew from the second round of the RBC Heritage after having contracted COVID-19. 2:07

He did not say what would be the punishment. The tour does not make public the disciplinary actions or fines.

McDowell said that his caddie, flew on a commercial flight which was packed from Dallas to Orlando, Florida, after having missed the cut at Colonial. This Monday, they went to a memorial service – with Elliott, who grew up with McDowell in Northern Ireland, and the coach of McDowell – and then they all drove six hours to Hilton Head.

“The problem is that people here pass the tests then they could still have the virus,” said McDowell. “This is what we learn. Ricky has made a successful test on Monday and it has just failed this morning. “

The tour started to come back with a record perfect

The return of the PGA Tour tournaments began with a record-perfect – 487 testing for players arriving at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas; 98 players on the charter flight to South Carolina; 369 tests to Hilton Head Island. All came back negative.

But there have now been four positive tests in the last six days, and Monahan said that nobody should be surprised if there would be more next week in Detroit, or the following two weeks in Ohio.

“I think that this is the reality we all live in,” he said. “We do everything we can to ensure that this is not the case. But I don’t think anyone should be surprised. I certainly hope that we will not do it. But to be able to say that we will not have all the cases … would be misleading because we all learn as and. ”

McDowell has said that it would take two weeks of leave and hoped to return in July for the first two weeks in Ohio. It depends on so much of the virus and its level that it is not prudent to continue to play golf.

“We farm, it starts in a month, in two months? You come back and what has changed? “Said McDowell. “I think the tour did a really good job. It is so difficult to control the whole world outside the gates.

“We need to get to the other side. “


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