PGA Tour updates policy on players who test positive but are asymptomatic

Now in week four of its go back to golf, the PGA Tour has again made an adjustment to its coronavirus policy, it was announced Wednesday in a news release.

Effective straight away, any player or caddie who tests positive for COVID-19 but appears asymptomatic may go back to competition following two negative test results at least 24 hours apart.

Nobody in golf is under more unrelenting pressure to ensure success than PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. If that he wins at managing COVID-19 on Tour, we all win.

“As we all learn more about how to navigate this complicated COVID-19 environment, we appreciate the continued dialogue with medical experts and with the Centers for Disease Control directly as we fine-tune our Health & Safety Plan accordingly,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in the release. “Today’s changes – and those announced over the past week – illustrate our commitment to preserving the health and well-being of our athletes, constituents and our impact on the communities in which we play, as well as a willingness to make medically-sound adjustments that allow our players to compete, safely.  The continued success of our Return to Golf depends on that approach.”

As a result, Cameron Champ, who tested positive June 23 but had three negative tests in the 72 hours after his positive result, has been given the green light to play in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. However, Champ it’s still tested once arriving on site at Detroit Golf Club.

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“I am extremely grateful for the tireless efforts and conversations between the TOUR, my team and all of the experts who were consulted in order to deliver this best possible outcome,” Champ said. “It is a great example of everyone being committed to working together to adapt and evolve in this constantly changing environment. I would especially like to thank my fellow players for their support and cannot wait to tee it up with them in Detroit tomorrow!”

Champ will play as an individual and will tee off Thursday at 2:10 p.m. off No. 10.

Harris English, Chad Campbell, Brandon Wu and Jonathan Hodge, who each tested positive earlier in the day this week but were asymptomatic, are now qualified to receive next week’s events whenever they opt to enter a testing regime and receive two negative test results at the very least 24 hours apart.