Two More Players Drop Out of Travelers
Two more players have dropped out of the Travelers Championship on Friday due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Denny McCarthy tested positive for the coronavirus after reporting symptoms on Friday morning, while Bud Cauley did not test positive, but withdrew out of caution after playing with McCarthy in the first round.
“I was feeling pretty tired and sore after the round yesterday but didn’t think much of it because I had practiced a lot Monday to Wednesday. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with additional aches and soreness and sensed something was off. I felt like the only thing to do was get tested at that point before I went to the course,” said McCarthy in a statement.
Cauley added, “I’m very thankful I have tested negative but have decided to withdraw out of an abundance of caution for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament.”
McCarthy is the third player to test positive for the virus, and the fifth overall including the caddies of Brooks Koepka and Greame McDowell.
Though, as GolfNewsRI reported, Koepka’s caddie tested negative later in the day on Wednesday, but they withdrew from the tournament.
In total, seven players have withdrawn from the tournament.
“What Denny, Bud and others are demonstrating is exactly what we asked of everyone – continue to do your part in taking this virus seriously and keeping not only your own health as a priority, but also that of your fellow competitors and those your may come in contact with,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement.
The PGA Tour tests a total of 428 individuals prior to the star of this week’s action.