PGA beefs up virus protocols after positive cases

Golfer marking his ball

Golfer marking his ball

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The PGA Tour mentioned Saturday it’s beefing up security protocols for upcoming tournaments following a rash of optimistic coronavirus checks at this week’s Vacationers Championship.

The tour mentioned in a press release that as of subsequent week’s Rocket Mortgage Traditional in Detroit, no gamers, caddie or different particular person will likely be allowed contained in the “bubble” till first being cleared through a damaging COVID-19 check.

Beforehand gamers and caddies have been allowed to be on web site to observe as they awaited check outcomes, however weren’t allowed to make use of any indoor amenities.

“The Tour is taking that precaution one step additional so as to add a further security measure in that no participant nor caddie will likely be on web site – wherever – to start out the week, with out first being cleared by COVID-19 screening,” the Tour mentioned.

“This similar coverage will apply to all people contained in the bubble, similar to unbiased physios, instructors, workers and others.”

The revised security coverage comes after seven gamers withdrew from the Vacationers Championship in Connecticut for COVID-19 associated causes.

Three gamers and two caddies examined optimistic instantly earlier than or in the course of the occasion, whereas two different golfers withdrew as a precautionary measure.

On Saturday, Jason Day teed off within the third spherical alone after requesting a further check. He was later confirmed to be damaging for the illness.

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