The PGA Tour announced on Sunday evening that Frittelli, who had missed the travel championship cup, was positive when screening Tour pre-charter flights for players traveling from Hartford to Detroit. He has retired from Rocket Mortgage Classic next week and will go into solitary confinement.
“I have no problem and I feel good physically and I was surprised and disappointed to learn the positive test today,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful for the notification of the WHOOP strap of a minor increase [0.3] in my breathing rate overnight. However, I am very grateful for the assistance, procedures and protocols of the Tour, which I will continue to follow during my self-isolation, in order to keep everyone safe. I can’t wait to get back on the Tour once it’s safe to do so. “
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Frittelli played with J.T. Poston and Ian Poulter for rounds 1 and 2 in Connecticut. The PGA Tour said in its statement that “after doing the necessary contact research, the Tour medical advisers are not recommending any further testing at this time.”
Frittelli is the fourth PGA Tour pro to test positive for COVID-19, after Nick Watney, Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy. Champ announced via Twitter on Saturday his positive result earlier this week, followed by three consecutive negative results, allowing him to go home.
The Tour announced changes to its testing policies on Saturday morning, stating that players, caddies and other officials will not be allowed on a tournament site without first testing the market upon arrival.
Frittelli, last year’s John Deere Classic champion, is currently ranked 50th on the FedExCup points list, with three top-10 finishes in 17 starts this season. He played all three events after restarting the Tour, missing the cup at Colonial, tying eighth in Harbor Town, and missing the cup again at TPC River Highlands.