One of the top golfers in the world, Brooks Koepka, dropped out of the Travelers Championship this week after his caddie, Ricky Elliot, tested positive for coronavirus.
Elliot’s test served as the fourth positive test on the PGA Tour in the last week.
However, it appears that the test may have been false.
According to Golf.com’s Garrett Johnston, Elliot took a second coronavirus test later that day and that test came back negative.
“Brooks Koepka’s caddie Ricky Elliott confirms to me that he took a second test of today, after testing positive this morning, and the second came back negative,” tweeted Johnston.
Johnston adds that Koepka considered reentering the tournament, before officially deciding to drop out on Wednesday afternoon.
In total, five players dropped out of the Travelers Championship including Chase Koepka, Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka and Greame McDowell.
During his press conference on Thursday, Phil Mickelson implied that there may have been multiple false positive tests.
“When you have 400 people out here, between players, caddies, instructors, whoever else, to only have two or four people (test positive), and then I hear a couple of them are false positives or they tested negative since, or what have you, I think that’s remarkable, the math on that.”
The second round of the Travelers Championship is underway with Canada’s McKenzie Hughes leading the way.