PGA Tour shortens players' path to return from COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
July 2, 2020

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The tour said in a statement that Campbell had withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, where he was the first alternate, after he tested positive as part of the pre-tournament screening process.

Frittelli played with England's Ian Poulter in the first two rounds last week, but it is understood that Poulter - who was not due to play this week - has tested negative and returned home to Orlando.

English did not play in last week's Travelers Championship - won in such style by Dustin Johnson to return to the world's top three - and was shocked when he was pulled out soon after arrival at the Detroit Golf Club. Fellow Americans Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy tested positive last week at CT, where two caddies also tested positive.

Champ was originally placed on a 10-day self-isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 23. Champ was set to tee off as a single at 2:10 p.m. Thursday on the 10th tee.

English withdrew from the PGA's fourth comeback tournament and will begin self-isolation under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and tour protocols.

Chad Campbell became the sixth PGA Tour player in 12 days to test positive for COVID-19 and withdrew out of this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, following on from Nick Watney, Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy, Dylan Frittelli and Harris English, although Simpson feels safe to get back to action. "Today's changes - and those announced over the past week - illustrate our commitment to preserving the health and well-being of our athletes, constituents and our impact on the communities in which we play, as well as a willingness to make medically-sound adjustments that allow our players to compete, safely". He missed the cut in the Charles Schwab Challenge before finishing in a tie for 17th in the RBC Heritage.

English, 30, hoins Nick Watney, Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy and Dylan Frittelli in testing positive for the coronavirus since the PGA Tour resumed following a three-month hiatus created to mitigate the pandemic's spread on June 11.

Champ was another to test negative after initially receiving a positive test, but Simpson supports the decision to just take a cautious approach and believes players are starting to take the threat more seriously.

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