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PGA Tour now requires negative test before players, caddies allowed on grounds

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) — By Garry Smits The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)

June 27-- The PGA Tour announced more stringent protocols within its COVID-19 policy that will not allow players, caddies, staff or volunteers on a tournament site until they have had a negative test after arriving "in-market."

During the first three weeks of the Tour's "Return to Golf," players and caddies were allowed on the grounds of a tournament site to practice while awaiting the results of their in-market test. The only restriction was that they could not enter the clubhouse or other indoor facility.

Players and caddies who utilized the Tour's charter flights were tested prior to the flight. Now, they will be tested again after arriving at the next tournament site.

The same policy will apply to tournament staff, PGA Tour staff, coaches and personal trainers. The change takes effect next week in Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The Tour said in a statement that it was responding to the positive coronavirus tests this week for players Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Wright.

In addition, players who test positive and have to self-isolate will not be paid a $100,000 stipend if it was found they were exposed because they did not adhere to the safety protocols.

Due to longer turnaround times for test results on the Korn Ferry Tour, the site restriction will not be implemented on that Tour at this time. No player or caddied has yet tested positive on-site at a Korn Ferry Tour event. Three caddies and one player tested positive after taking home tests and never traveled to one of the first three tournament sites in St. Johns County and Utah.

Also, Jason Day requested a COVID-19 test prior to the third round at the Travelers Championship on Saturday at TPC River Highlands. The test result was negative, but Day asked to play as a single as a precautionary measure.

Day shot 69 and is in a tie for 49th at 5-under-par 205.

The Tour also said that 16 follow-up tests, as a result of potential contact with McCarthy, were negative. That includes his first-round playing partner, Bud Cauley of Jacksonville.

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