The PGA Tour is ready to finish its COVID-19 weekly testing program on the finish of July, no matter vaccination standing.
Beginning with the 3M Open in Minneapolis, gamers will now not want to provide a damaging check earlier than having the ability to compete. Solely gamers who’re unvaccinated and have are available in contact with an individual who contracted COVID-19 can be required to be examined.
“We’re happy to announce, after session with PGA Tour medical advisors, that because of the excessive charge of vaccination amongst all constituents on the PGA Tour, in addition to different positively trending elements throughout the nation, testing for COVID-19 will now not be required as a situation of competitors starting with the 3M Open,” PGA Tour senior vice chairman Tyler Dennis wrote in a memo to gamers.
The tour has not introduced what number of of its gamers are vaccinated. On the Memorial Event early this month, the place Jon Rahm withdrew whereas main due to a constructive check after being concerned in touch tracing, tour govt Andy Levinson put the variety of vaccinated gamers at simply over 50%.
The tour put in place a testing program beginning with the June 2020 return to competitors. Gamers, caddies and PGA Tour workers have been all required to check every week, with a constructive check that means withdrawal and isolation.
As a part of the brand new edict, the stipend for gamers who check constructive can even finish. Gamers who present signs could have entry to testing, and the tour remains to be advocating that gamers get vaccinated.
The tour introduced in April that it might finish testing for these totally vaccinated however proceed this system by way of September for many who had not been vaccinated. The brand new edict goes into impact the week of July 20.