The PGA Tour announced stricter COVID-19 protocols following three positive tests at the Traveler’s Championship. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said tougher protocols could result in “serious repercussions” for offenders.
Golfers Opting Out
Five golfers have opted out of the Traveler’s Championship so far. The latest to drop are Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson. Koepka dropped after his caddie tested positive for COVID-19. He said opting out will help protect others.
“I haven’t tested positive for COVID-19, but as I’ve said all along, I’m taking this very seriously,” Koepka wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account. “I don’t want to do anything that might jeopardize the health of any player in the field or his ability to compete.”
Champ is the only one opting out that has actually tested positive for the virus.
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, the PGA Tour is insisting to go as plan with its schedule. However, no fans will be present at the tournament.
“I think we all need to remind ourselves that we’re all learning to live with this virus and we all need to learn to live with this virus, both as individuals, as family members and certainly within our businesses. It’s pretty clear that this virus isn’t going anywhere,” Monahan said per CNN.
The PGA Tour assured fans that social distancing is adhered to. Those involved must follow other safety protocols that are in place.
Penalties for Breaking Protocol
Because social distancing has been ignored on the golf course, penalties are being levied. Speculation from sources states that the penalties will likely be fines rather than suspensions from play. However, suspensions could happen if offenses are too severe or if there are repeat offenders. Health is crucial during these times, after all.