PGA beefs up virus protocols after positive cases

Golfer marking his ball

Golfer marking his ball

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The PGA Tour stated Saturday it’s beefing up security protocols for upcoming tournaments following a rash of optimistic coronavirus checks at this week’s Vacationers Championship.

The tour stated in an announcement that as of subsequent week’s Rocket Mortgage Basic in Detroit, no gamers, caddie or different particular person shall be allowed contained in the “bubble” till first being cleared through a destructive COVID-19 check.

Beforehand gamers and caddies have been allowed to be on web site to apply as they awaited check outcomes, however weren’t allowed to make use of any indoor amenities.

“The Tour is taking that precaution one step additional so as to add a further security measure in that no participant nor caddie shall be on web site – wherever – to start out the week, with out first being cleared by way of COVID-19 screening,” the Tour stated.

“This identical coverage will apply to all people contained in the bubble, reminiscent of impartial physios, instructors, workers and others.”

The revised security coverage comes after seven gamers withdrew from the Vacationers Championship in Connecticut for COVID-19 associated causes.

Three gamers and two caddies examined optimistic instantly earlier than or in the course of the occasion, whereas two different golfers withdrew as a precautionary measure.

On Saturday, Jason Day teed off within the third spherical alone after requesting a further check. He was later confirmed to be destructive for the illness.

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