The PGA Tour has confirmed that Nick Watney is the player that tested positive for coronavirus.
Watney has withdrawn from the RBC Heritage tournament at Hilton Head and has begun self isolation.
“PGA Tour member Nick Watney has withdrawn from the RBC Heritage prior to the second round after testing positive for COVID-19. On Friday, prior to arriving at the tournament, he indicated he had symptoms consistent with the illness and after consulting with a physician, was administered a test and found to be positive,” wrote the PGA Tour in a statement.
Watney played with Luke List and Vaughn Taylor in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.
He is the first PGA Tour player to test positive for the virus.
“Nick will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self isolation and recovery period under CDC guidelines. For the health and well-being of all associated with the tournament and those within the community, the Tour has begun implementing its response plan in consultation with medical experts including with those who may have had close contact with Nick,” the Tour adds.
According to the Tour, Watney traveled privately to Hilton Head Island for the tournament and was not on the PGA Tour provided charter flight.
He tested negative upon arrival.
The PGA Tour has no additional comments.