The PGA Tour says the four coronavirus positives have been out of competition

Those responsible for the circuit explained that the positives of Nick Watney, Cameron Champ and two caddies could have been produced outside of the tournaments held.


PGA Tour officials reported on Wednesday that the four positives that have been reported for coronaviruses since last week likely date back to interactions outside of tournament competition and not due to their presence on golf courses.

The assessment of the PGA Tour came after the American golfer Cameron Champ and the caddies Ricky Elliott and Ken Comboy between Tuesday and Wednesday tested positive after their arrival at TPC River Highlands, Cromwell (Connecticut), where from This Thursday the Travelers Championship tournament will take place.

His compatriot Nick Watney tested positive on RBC Heritage in South Carolina last Friday, being the first PGA Tour professional to catch it.

Watney, who had been home in Austin, Texas, after missing the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Forth Worth, tested negative when he arrived in Harbor Town last Tuesday.

Last Thursday, she had mild symptoms and an elevated breathing rate on the Whoop fitness strap she wears. It tested positive on Friday.

Whoop, the company that makes the portable strap that tracks vital statistics, including respiratory rates, said the PGA Tour has purchased 1,000 straps for players who are under its organization in the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry and Champions Tour tournaments.

The device is not mandatory, but will be available to all golfers.

"We are rapidly incorporating everyone on the PGA Tour spectrum and we respect the steps they are taking to keep the Tour safe," Whoop CEO Will Amed.

said on Twitter.

According to Golfweek, Elliott was evaluated once more after the positive test, his third overall test in the Travelers Championship, and was negative.

However, because the first test was positive, he would not be allowed to work.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who also held a press conference, did not confirm that Elliott's third test was negative.

"Our advisers and medical experts have suggested to us that, depending on the time and period of incubation, they could have situations like that," Monahan said. "So I wouldn't be surprised to hear that something like this happened, based on what we have learned from our specialists," he added.

Monahan admitted that the lack of spectators, and that caddies and players know each other, has likely generated some complacency.

"I think for the first two weeks, we've seen some cases where, say, we've become a little lazy or have strayed from protocol," Monahan admitted. "Full disclosure: I've done it myself and I think that's the kind of adjustment we need to make to make sure we're still in a good position to move forward."

Monahan cautioned that there is likely to be positive evidence in the future.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic tournament will be played next week, just outside Detroit, followed by two events in Dublin, Ohio, the second of which, the Memorial Tournament, plans to allow spectators to attend.

"I think this is the reality we all live in," Monahan said. "For us, we are doing everything we can to make sure that is not the case, but at the same time, I don't think anyone should be surprised."

Monahan insisted that "I certainly have hope and we work in search that we are going to achieve our great objective of making the competition safer every time" .

However, Monahan also recalled that "to say that we are not going to have any more cases of COVID-19, and to be able to look eye to eye with that promise and reiterate that guarantee, to say that we are not going to have any case, would be false because we are all learning as we go through the coronavirus pandemic. "



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