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Koepka, McDonicely withdrawing over coronavirus concerns

The caddies for Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDonicely have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, and McDonicely withdrew Wednesday from the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

McDonicely stated Koepka additionally was planning to withdraw, although the four-time main champion remained within the subject early Wednesday afternoon.

“The snowball is getting a little bit bigger,” McDonicely stated as he started the 1,200-mile drive from the TPC River Highlands to his dwelling in Orlando, Florida.

McDonicely examined destructive, although he suspects he has the virus and determined to drive dwelling to start out his self-isolation. He stated Ricky Elliott, a longtime pal from Northern Ireland and Koepka’s caddie, obtained a optimistic outcome.

Cameron Champ examined optimistic on Tuesday, the second participant to check optimistic within the final 5 days. Still to return are outcomes from all gamers, caddies and important personnel on the Travelers Championship, the third event because the PGA Tour ended its three-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McDonicely performed a observe spherical Tuesday with Koepka and British Open champion Shane Lowry. McDonicely stated he heard from Lowry, whose take a look at was destructive.

“The problem is, people are out here passing tests when they could still have the virus,” McDonicely stated. “That’s what we’re learning. Ricky passed a test on Monday and he just failed it this morning.”

McDonicely’s caddie, Ken Comboy, by no means made it to Connecticut. McDonicely missed the reduce final week on the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He felt a sore throat and reported it on the each day questionnaire, after which Comboy drove again to Hilton Head from Orlando to take one other take a look at. That was the quickest method to get the outcomes, and he obtained them Tuesday evening whereas ready to fly.

McDonicely says he was at a memorial service on June 15 with Comboy, Elliott and McDonicely’s coach, after which they drove as much as Hilton Head.

McDonicely stated he was feeling somewhat fatigued on the finish of final week, which he wrote off to having not competed in a event for 3 months after which taking part in two straight weeks.

“I had been feeling a little off color, but not with alarm bells ringing until Kenny failed,” he stated.

The PGA Tour’s return to tournaments began with an ideal document – 487 exams for gamers arriving at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas; 98 gamers on the constitution flight to South Carolina; 369 exams at Hilton Head Island. All got here again destructive.

Nick Watney was the primary participant to check optimistic, on Friday on the RBC Heritage. Watney, who had examined destructive three days earlier, requested to be examined once more when his Whoop wristband – which measures numerous well being metrics – confirmed a rise in his respiratory charge.

Justin Thomas, who additionally wears the wristband, stated the tour has acquired Whoop straps for gamers and caddies.

“It’s crazy to say, but (without) his Whoop device we could have been screwed right now because he could have played the rest of the week and ended up contaminating or infecting many other people,” Thomas stated Wednesday.

Will Ahmed, the CEO and founding father of Whoop, stated the tour has acquired greater than 1,000 of the straps and that the corporate was working to combine the straps with “everyone in the PGA Tour universe.”

McDonicely stated he would take two weeks off and hoped to return in July for the primary of two weeks in Ohio. But that is determined by if the PGA Tour continues to be happening.

Commissioner Jay Monahan scheduled a information convention for Wednesday afternoon.

“Do we shut down, start up in a month’s time, two months’ time? You come back and what’s changed,” McDonicely stated. “I believe the tour is doing a fairly good job. It’s simply so troublesome to manage everyone exterior the gates.

“We have to get through to the other side of this.”

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