BREAKING: McDowell Drops Out of Travelers After Caddie Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has dropped out of The Travelers Championship after his caddie, Ken Comboy, tested positive for coronavirus, according to GolfWeek’s Eamon Lynch.
According to GolfWeek, McDowell tested negative on Monday, but decided to drop out of the tournament anyway.
“For the protection of the field and for my own physical and mental well-being, I’m going to take a test tomorrow morning then jump on a private plane. I’m going to get myself out of here, home to Florida and decide whether I need to quarantine myself from my family,” McDowell told GolfWeek late Tuesday night.
According to GolfWeek, Comboy did not make the trip to Connecticut and is quarantining in Orlando.
This is the third positive test on the PGA Tour after Cameron Champ tested positive earlier on Tuesday and Nick Watney tested positive last week.
“I think we’re trying to do our best out here to mitigate the risk but at the end of the day it’s impossible to mitigate 100% of the risk. The bubble is speculative at best. It’s hard for the Tour, even with all their resources, to control everyone all the time,” McDowell added.
According to GolfWeek, McDowell has told the Tour who he was in close proximity to while at the Travelers.
That includes Brooks Koepka, his brother Chase, and Shane Lowry.
GolfWeek reports that Brooks Koepka, his caddies Ricky Elliott and coach Claude Harmon III plan to get retested on Wednesday morning.
It is unclear what time the tests will take place.
As GolfNewsRI reported, the PGA Tour plans to release full testing results on Wednesday.