PGA Tour dealt blow after golfer Cameron Champ tests positive

PGA Tour dealt blow after golfer Cameron Champ tests positive

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka and 2010 US Open victor Graeme McDowell will not compete in this week's Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour after their caddies tested positive for COVID-19, according to Golfweek.

Both tournaments have been played behind closed doors, with players frequently tested for Covid-19. Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott tested positive for Covid-19 a day after Graeme McDowell's caddie had a positive test. "I don't want to risk anyone's life if they have respiratory issues or underlying conditions". Elliot, Koepka and his coach Claude Harmon III all had negative tests on Monday.

McDowell, a February victor at the Saudi International on the European Tour, told Golfweek late yesterday that he planned to get tested and fly home to Florida.

McDowell told Golfweek he would get a test before heading back to his Florida home on a private plane.

"I am going to return home to Charlotte and quarantine under CDC guidelines, and I look forward to returning to competition after that time period".

Caddie Ken Comboy said he suspected he may have been exposed to the virus at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas a fortnight ago and had taken a "packed" commercial flight before he had McDowell travelled together by vehicle to a funeral on Monday before heading together to Southern Carolina for the RBC Classic.

McDowell was due to undergo another test Wednesday morning before flying home to Florida from CT.

He did not feature in last week's RBC Heritage and resides in Houston, Texas, where confirmed cases of the disease have been on the rise.

"We are both inspired & honored to play on, grateful to the state of California & the city & county of San Francisco for being terrific partners", PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh said.

Champ said he was feeling "great physically" and that he was surprised and disappointed in the result. "It's important now to take necessary steps and measures to protect others, including my loved ones", Champ said.

World number six Dustin Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion, says he is pleased with the testing programme and safeguards the PGA has in place.

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