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By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 01/07/20 9:19pm
Webb Simpson believes the PGA Tour is the “safest place anyone can be in the United States right now”, despite the increasing quantity of positive COVID-19 cases.
Simpson, who won his seventh PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage, withdrew from last week’s Travelers Championship – as a precaution – after his daughter received a confident coronavirus test.
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Chad Campbell became the sixth PGA Tour player in 12 days to test positive for COVID-19 and withdrew using this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, following on from Nick Watney, Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy, Dylan Frittelli and Harris English, although Simpson feels safe to get back to action.
“I applaud the PGA TOUR and everything they’ve done and are doing to keep us safe,” Simpson said. “I mentioned to the commissioner [Jay Monahan] last week that based on our numbers, our stats, I told him the safest place anybody can be in the United States today is on the PGA Tour.
“The lengths that the Tour is going to make sure everyplace we go is secure and safe and our testing and all that, I feel great about being out here.
“I’m just happy to be out here and playing golf. The next few weeks looks bright for us, it looks like we’re going to continue on, which I’m really thankful for.”
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Simpson’s daughter, alongside all of his family, subsequently tested negative for COVID-19, allowing the planet No 6 to feature at Detroit Golf Club for the fourth tournament back considering that the tournament’s restart.
Champ was another to test negative after initially receiving a positive test, but Simpson supports the decision to simply take a cautious approach and believes players are starting to take the threat more seriously.
“I do think the elephant in the room and the tough thing that they’re dealing with every week is these positives,” Simpson added. “That guys are feeling great and they test negative next and still another test negative.
“You know, two negative tests in a row I guess is what I’m trying to say. It’s hard to know. I understand that those are regrettable situations plus they have to be safe about it, simply take the safe side even when they think it could have now been a false-positive.
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“This being the fourth tournament, I think guys are so aware of how easy it’s to catch this infection that I believe everyone else is now more strict.
“That first week at Colonial there were still fist bumps after the round, closer contact I think on the range or player dining. There’s way less of the now. Now, nobody’s touching; maybe an elbow here or there. I’m positively seeing how it’s affecting everyone, not only those who have had contact with somebody.”
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