Nick Watney: A positive test for the coronavirus force the american golfer to leave RBC Heritage

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Watney is the first golfer to test positive on the PGA Tour after his return
RBC Heritage, leaderboard in the second round
-12 W Simpson (Usa); -11 B DeChambeau (United States), C Connors (Can); -ten R Palmer (United States), M Fitzpatrick (eng)
Selected: -9 B Koepka (Us), I Poulter (eng); -8 D Johnson (United States); -5 J Rose (Eng), R McIlroy (NI),

The American Nick Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage after having been tested positive for the coronavirus before the second round.

Watney, 39, has delivered a negative test before the tournament and shot a 74 more than normal in the first round.

However, a press release from the PGA stated that, “before arriving at the tournament” on Friday, Watney, ” indicated that he had symptoms compatible with the disease “.

The American Webb Simpson shot a 65 under 65 to lead on 12 under, with the Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick two back after a 66.

Fitzpatrick, whose round was interrupted by a late weather when he was 16, finished birdie, bogey, birdie to jump to the top of his countryman Ian Poulter, the leader of the day to the next, who had four birdies in his last five holes as he posted a two -under 69 to move to nine under.

Simpson, the 2012 champion of the US Open, leads his fellow american Bryson DeChambeau and canadian Corey Conners, who shot an eight under eight years of age without the bogey of 63 shots.

“It is satisfying to know that I’m not as long as some of these guys and that I can use my skills in distance control and in the form of shooting for me to meet when I’m 40 yards behind these guys,” said Simpson, who has played with DeChambeau in the first two rounds.

DeChambeau, who has been in the headlines during the Charles Schwab’s Challenge of last week with his frame swelled, and her average driving for 345 yards in the first round, managed six birdies in eight holes as he posted a 64.

However, the difference in approach is summed up perfectly in the ninth – their final hole of the round. Simpson drove his ball 220 yards in the fairway, while DeChambeau pulled his tee shot 308 yards in a bunker of the green.

Simpson has hit a wedge from 115 yards to six feet and drilled the putt birdie while DeChambeau, who was 25 yards from the hole, has splashed to five feet but missed the putt.

“I still haven’t figured out something with my shot,” said DeChambeau. “If I tighten this dispersion in putting, I’d be a little more up there. ”

The RBC Heritage is the second tournament of the PGA Tour since the restart of the golf after a break of three months caused by the pandemic coronavirus and Watney, born in California, is the first to show positive after his return.

Watney played with his fellow americans Vaughn Taylor and Luke List in the first round. The two were informed in the second round Friday.

“I was a little shocked,” said Taylor, who shot a 69 to move to six-under at Golf Digest. “My heart started to beat faster and I became a little nervous. I just hope Nick is well and that we will pass through. ”

List, who missed the cut after that its doubled to 73 brought to the general level, has said that he would have preferred to be told after his round. “It was difficult to concentrate, I was just thinking about different things, and I was not playing my best anyway “, he added.

“For the health and well-being of all those who are associated with the tournament and those of the community, the tour has begun to implement its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who could have close contact with Nick,” added the PGA tour. .

The world number one, Rory McIlroy, and he briefly participated in the practice of green with Watney. The Northern Irishman was then shown a six-under 65 to beat the cut of a shot on five under par.

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