Jason Day playing Travelers as a bachelor after negative coronavirus test

Former world number one Jason Day has been cleared to play the third round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, as a single after returning a COVID-19 negative test on Saturday, the PGA Tour confirmed.

The PGA Tour said in a statement that Day, who was originally slated to play as part of a trio, would emerge from hole 10 alone as a precaution.

Day, who competed in all three PGA Tour events since the tour resumed after a three-month break due to the pandemic, missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage.

The Australian, who started with rounds of 67 and 69, was four overall under par after 36 rounds, nine shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.

Last week, Nick Watney became the first Tour player to test positive, and Cameron Champ did so in a pre-tournament screening this week.

World No. 4 Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland withdrew from the Travelers as a precautionary measure after their caddies tested positive. Both golfers tested negative.

World No. 5 Webb Simpson retired after a family member tested positive, while Koepka’s brother Chase retired while playing a practice round with Brooks and McDowell.

Denny McCarthy, the third golfer on the Tour to return a positive test, retired on Friday, while Bud Cauley, who played alongside McCarthy in the first round, withdrew as a precautionary measure.

“All follow-up tests as a result of potential contact with McCarthy were negative,” added the PGA Tour.