PGA TOUR Statement – update to COVID-19 testing protocols
June 27, 2020
- June 27, 2020
- The PGA TOUR announced another update to the COVID-19 testing program. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Over the past three weeks as part of its Return to Golf, the TOUR has been committed to learning from an operational standpoint and adjusting protocols in place in order to mitigate risk and promote the health and safety of all involved, including players, caddies, staff and volunteers.
Changes to date include additional testing for those traveling on the charter flight, potential withholding of the stipend program if a player tests positive after not following protocols, and the return next week of the TOUR fitness truck to encourage use of on-site facilities. In light of three positive tests at the Travelers Championship, the TOUR is announcing another update to the program to further encourage players and caddies to adhere to on-site protocols and in consultation with our medical advisors and Player Directors.
Effective immediately with the Rocket Mortgage Classic, players and caddies, along with all other individuals “inside the bubble,” will not be allowed on property until first being cleared with a negative in-market test.
Previously, players and caddies could be on site to practice as they awaited their arrival testing results, but without access to any indoor facilities. The TOUR is taking that precaution one step further to add an additional safety measure in that no player nor caddie will be on site – anywhere – to start the week, without first being cleared through COVID-19 screening. Again, this same policy will apply to all individuals inside the bubble, such as independent Physios, instructors, staff and others.
Due to longer turnaround times for test results on the Korn Ferry Tour, this change will not be implemented on that Tour at this time.
After a COVID-19 scare shortly that led to his withdrawal from the Travelers Championship, Webb Simpson announced Saturday that his family has all tested negative for the disease.
“The last week has been a roller-coaster of emotions, from the high of a great week in Hilton Head to the realities of COVID-19 and the impact it can have on a family,” Simpson wrote in a statement posted to social media. “Thankfully, I am happy to report that the Simpson family has all tested negative for COVID-19. We appreciate the outpouring of support from fans, friends and family.”
Simpson won his second title of the season at last week’s RBC Heritage but withdrew from the Travelers Championship on Wednesday after receiving word that a family member tested positive for COVID-19. Simpson tested negative for COVID-19 but withdrew from Travelers out of an abundance of caution.
Simpson, the FedExCup leader, is scheduled to compete in next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. The 2018 PLAYERS and 2012 U.S. Open champion has five top-10s in seven starts this season.