Coronavirus withdrawals rise to seven on PGA Tour after McCarthy positive

Coronavirus withdrawals rise to seven on PGA Tour after McCarthy positive

"I woke up in the middle of the night and my body was really achy and sore and figured something was wrong".

Denny McCarthy tested positive after feeling especially sore and exhausted after the first round.

Matt Wallace has defended his determination to play on throughout the second spherical of the Travelers Championship, regardless of his enjoying companion testing positive for coronavirus.

After American Denny McCarthy became the seventh player to withdraw from the event for coronavirus-related reasons on Friday, McIlroy followed an opening seven-under 63 with a 68 to hold a share of fourth place at the halfway mark.

Cauley also chose to withdraw, while Wallace missed the cut for the second round.

"I'm very thankful I have tested negative but have made a decision to withdraw out of an abundance of caution for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament", Cauley said.

Denny McCarthy, after feeling symptomatic Thursday night, tested positive Friday morning.

England's Matt Wallace and American Bud Cauley, who played with McCarthy in the first round, tested negative but Cauley has also withdrawn. "I felt like the only detail to do was get tested at that level before I went to the system". He also thanked the golfer for asking for a test.

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That prompted some people to question the 30-year-old's judgement, particularly in view of other tournament withdrawals earlier in the week.

"Previously, players and caddies could be on site to practise as they awaited their arrival testing results, but without access to any indoor facilities".

Very last week golfer Nick Watney examined beneficial at the RBC Heritage match, and Cameron Champ analyzed beneficial earlier this 7 days.

World number four Brooks Koepka and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell also withdrew from the tournament as a precaution after their caddies tested positive.

"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".

Koepka's brother Chase and Webb Simpson withdrew having been in close proximity with a person who had subsequently tested positive.

The mounting number of cases in the PGA Tour ranks are becoming a concern.

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