CROMWELL, Conn. – After seven coronavirus-related recalls at this week’s Travelers’ Championship, the PGA Tour implemented a new policy on Saturday that will ban players from being on the property while awaiting their first test result in a new city.
Starting at next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club, all those considered “in the bubble” by the PGA Tour – players, caddies, instructors, physical therapists and staff – will need a negative result before being allowed into the ground.
“For the past three weeks as part of his return to golf, the Tour is committed to learning from an operational point of view and adjusting established protocols to mitigate risk and promote the health and safety of everyone involved, including players. , caddies, staff and volunteers, “the PGA Tour said in a statement.
Previously, the Tour allowed players and caddies to be on-site while awaiting their test results. For example, Cameron Champ, who tested positive and retired from the Travelers field on Tuesday, was at TPC River Highlands this week while waiting for the result. He was not allowed to enter the clubhouse or locker room, but he was allowed to enter the golf course, driving range, and green alongside other professionals, caddies, and tour personnel.
That will not be allowed in the future.
However, this rule change will not be promulgated on the Korn Ferry Tour, according to the statement, due to increased response time on test results.
In response to retreats earlier this week, the Tour issued stricter protocols, including adding an additional test and expanding the circle of those who would require testing to include instructors. Three players and two caddies, including Brooks Koepka’s caddy Ricky Elliott, tested positive and withdrew from the event, and two other golfers withdrew as a precaution.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan promised “serious repercussions” for anyone who did not adhere to the protocols.
However, this new policy does not cover players who expect additional testing during the week. On Saturday in the commuters, Jason Day requested that he be given another test for COVID-19. The Tour delayed his original departure time, moving him from 8:19 am to 9:15 am. He also played alone. While waiting for the negative result, he was allowed to enter the property, the practice area and the golf course.