COVID-19 isn't going anyplace, and the PGA Tour has encountered that reality in the course of the most recent week. Streams Koepka and Webb Simpson, individually the No. 4 and No. 5 players on the planet, are among five golf players who have pulled back from the 2020 Travelers Championship. Koepka and Simpson did as such out of alert because of contact with somebody who tried positive for the coronavirus.
Koepka pulled back after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, enlisted a positive test, while Simpson settled on his choice after a relative tried positive. Their own tests both returned negative Wednesday. Koepka's sibling Chase, who earned a spot in the Travelers Championship on Monday subsequent to progressing through a passing occasion season finisher, additionally pulled back out of alert.
Not long ago, Cameron Champ declared his withdrawal after a positive coronavirus test. He is the main golf player to test positive for COVID-19 this week in front of the Travelers Championship. Graeme McDowell additionally quit the Travelers subsequent to learning his caddie, Ken Comboy, tried positive.
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Elliott purportedly invested energy with McDowell and Comboy as of late, and both Koepka siblings played a training round with McDowell prior this week.
"I haven't tried positive for COVID-19, however as I've said from the start, I'm paying attention to this very. I would prefer not to do whatever may risk the strength of any player in the field or his capacity to contend," Koepka said in an announcement. "The proper activity right presently is return home, bolster Ricky and feel certain that I'm doing what I can do ensuring my individual Tour individuals, my PGA Tour companions and everybody related with the Travelers Championship this week."
Simpson shared a comparable opinion. "Over the most recent 24 hours, I had a relative test positive for COVID-19. While my tests this week were negative, I have a feeling that it is my obligation to deal with my family and ensure my friends in the field by pulling back from the Travelers Championship," he said. "I am going to get back to Charlotte and isolate under CDC rules, and I anticipate coming back to rivalry after that timespan."
PGA Tour magistrate Jay Monahan held a question and answer session Wednesday to declare the positive tests and guarantee "genuine repercussions" and ramifications for any golf players who break the conventions set up for competition occasions. He likewise said testing will be amplified one week from now at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
It's not hard to draw an obvious conclusion here and perceive how simple it is for COVID-19 to invade and afterward spread inside the PGA Tour or any game. At the point when players, caddies and fundamental faculty are going from city to city - here and there together however once in a while independently - it can turn into a petri dish for the infection to show itself.
The PGA Tour will keep on battling to separate the episodes, however after none the main week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, one final week at the RBC Heritage and now five withdrawals associated with the coronavirus this week prior to the Travelers Championship has even begun, the pattern line doesn't induce certainty about what's on the horizon.
Simpson won a week ago's RBC Heritage, and Koepka had his first top-10 completion since the 2019 Tour Championship at the occasion.