Travelers Championship: 5 golfers withdraw from PGA Tour event over potential coronavirus exposures

Travelers Championship: 5 golfers withdraw from PGA Tour event over potential coronavirus exposures
Travelers Championship
Travelers Championship: World number 4 Koepka dropped out after his cart tested positive for Covid-19, and Simpson, who won RBC Heritage last week, pulled out by “plenty of caution” after a family member has tested positive, according to a press release from the PGA Tour.

Brooks Koepka, 30, said he had decided to step down to protect his competitors and everyone else involved in the travelers’ championship this week.

“I have not tested positive for COVID-19, but as I have always said, I take this very seriously,” Koepka wrote in a statement on his Instagram account. “I don’t want to do anything that would endanger the health of a player on the field or his ability to compete.”
Travelers Championship
Travelers Championship

Despite three positive tests, Monahan has announced that the tournament, which is scheduled to start in Connecticut on Thursday, will go ahead as planned, with no fans.

“I think we all have to remember that we all learn to live with this virus and we all have to learn to live with this virus, both as individuals, as family members and certainly within our businesses. It’s pretty clear that this virus is going nowhere, “said Monahan.

PGA Tour organizers assured fans that it “will continuously strengthen all players, cadets, staff and support staff on property during PGA Tour events to respect social distance and other safety protocols that further minimize risk, “said a statement.

The new cases of coronavirus do not seem to worry too much the English golfer Justin Rose.

“I always feel safe and good procedures are in place,” Rose told CNN’s Don Riddell. “This is where I think golf has an advantage over other sports. We are not in close contact with our competition. Many golf clubs are now open around the world with certain procedures and precautions in place and i ‘hope this is an advantage for us, but we need the guys to keep them safe and healthy. ”

The PGA’s insistence on hosting the tournament as planned comes from the fact that most of the United States is seeing an increasing number of new cases of coronavirus. At least 25 states recorded higher rates of new cases compared to last week, and some states, such as Florida, recorded record averages of new cases of coronavirus per day.
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From Clemson University to Oklahoma State University, a growing number of university athletes across the country are positive. And it was reported last week that several football players with the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans were positive.

In Croatia, the Adria Tour, a tennis event organized by Novak Djokovic, was criticized after two prominent players, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric were found to be positive. Djokovic, the world No. 1 tennis star, also confirmed that he was positive after the event.
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