PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Paul Casey is uncertain how all of his friends will deal with the state of affairs, however he stated he is pleased that the PGA Tour has instituted a coverage that may permit him to forgo COVID-19 testing if he’s totally vaccinated.
The 43-year-old, who’s the two-time defending champion of the Valspar Championship, has had each vaccine pictures in Arizona, the place he lives.
It means the following time he performs a PGA Tour occasion, he’ll now not have to get a unfavourable end result from a COVID-19 take a look at.
“I am nonetheless fearful about worldwide journey developing,” Casey stated Wednesday on the Innisbrook Resort, the place the Valspar Championship begins Thursday. “I’ve received to go play the Porsche [European Open in Germany] in just a few weeks after which The Open Championship [in England in July], and I wish to go on vacation with my mates. I normally go to Italy, and that is not going to occur for one more yr.
“So I am sick of it, and I am prepared to do the issues essential to get via it.”
Casey, who’s from England, additionally competes on the European Tour and gained the Dubai Desert Basic in February.
The PGA Tour instructed gamers final week that it plans to discontinue on-site COVID-19 testing in late June. However any gamers or caddies who will not be totally vaccinated might be required to be examined at their very own expense and will be unable to take part with a constructive take a look at.
Casey advised that there are nonetheless loads of questions being requested, as he was aware about a dialogue Wednesday wherein a PGA Tour official was “speaking to a bunch of gamers in regards to the vaccine,” he stated. “I am pondering microchips might need been talked about in that dialog. I am undecided.”
As part of its memo last week, the PGA Tour pushed again towards varied conspiracy theories put forth in regards to the vaccines, together with these involving infertility or microchips.
“I do know what I really feel, and I do not know what the overall consensus is on the tour by way of eager to get vaccinated, guys who do not, conspiracy theories,” Casey stated. “All I do know is that I believe, like of lot of individuals on the market, like most people, we’re form of attending to the purpose the place we simply wish to crack on with issues and get again to regular.”
Since returning to golf final June after a 13-week pandemic break, the PGA Tour has tweaked its testing program a number of instances and customarily has had good success, with roughly 35 COVID-19-related circumstances amongst gamers, together with 26 on-site positives.
After a month of no constructive circumstances, there have been six up to now two weeks, although, with all four players who tested positive this week — Will Gordon, Brice Garnett, Sepp Straka and Tyrrell Hatton — having performed in New Orleans final week.
Many PGA Tour gamers are of an age the place the vaccines are simply now changing into out there to them, relying on the place they dwell and the varied journey schedules.
“Contact wooden they did not move it on to anyone else and did not have an effect on anyone else, and it looks like we have not had anyone on tour who’s been significantly adversely affected,” Casey stated. “I’d attempt to attain as a lot as I can. I do not wish to get on a soapbox and form of scream it, however all of us wish to get via this. And the way else are we going to get via it except everyone has received antibodies and we get vaccinated.”