CROMWELL, Conn. — In the wake of seven distributions linked to the coronavirus at the week’s Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour on Saturday implemented a new policy which will prohibit players from becoming on land when awaiting their initial evaluation lead to a new town.
Starting at next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit Golf Club, those believed”inside the bubble” from the PGA Tour — players, caddies, teachers, physiotherapists and team will require a negative effect before being allowed on the grounds.
“Within the last 3 months as part of its recurrence to Golf, the Tour was dedicated to learning from the operational perspective and adjusting protocols set up so as to mitigate risk and encourage the health and security of all involved, such as players, caddies, volunteers and staff,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.
Formerly, the Tour enabled players and caddies to become onsite whilst awaiting results of the evaluations. For example, Cameron Champ, that tested positive and hauled from the Travelers area on Tuesday, was TPC River Highlands this week whilst awaiting the outcome. He wasn’t allowed within the clubhouse or the locker area, but he had been permitted to the golf course, practice range and putting green together with fellow tour experts, caddies and personnel.
This won’t be permitted going forward.
This rule change, though, will not being enacted on the Korn Ferry Tour,” the announcement said, due to longer turnaround time on tests outcomes.
In reaction to donors before this week, the Tour issued stricter protocols, such as adding an excess evaluation and enlarging the group of people who’d require evaluations to include teachers. Three players and 2 caddies — such as Brooks Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott — tested positive and hauled from this event, and also two golfers withdrew as a precaution.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan promised”severe repercussions” for anybody who didn’t stick to the protocols.
This new coverage, however, doesn’t insure players that are awaiting further evaluations during the week. On Saturday in the Travelers, Jason Day requested to be analyzed again for COVID-19. The Tour pushed back his first tee , moving him :19 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.. In addition, he played with alone. While he waited for the outcome, which came back negative, he had been permitted on the house, the clinic area and the golf program.