EL CENTRO — After only the second event since the PGA’s return, positive COVID-19 test results from players and caddies have reshaped the field for upcoming tournament play, as various withdrew from the weekend’s Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell Connecticut due to an abundance of caution.
Nick Watney was among the first players to test positive for COVID-19 earlier this month during the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina where he was forced to withdraw after the first round.
Cameron Champ announced his withdrawal from the Travelers Championship Thursday, July 25, after testing positive for coronavirus.
One of the biggest blows to the PGA Tour talent pool was when Brooks Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliot, tested positive for COVID-19. Even though Koepka’s test results came out negative for COVID-19, Brooks withdrew himself from the Travelers Championship due to an abundance of caution. Webb Simpson (RBH Heritage winner), Chase Koepka (Brooks’ brother), and Daniel Berger (Charles Schwab Challenge winner) also withdrew from the Travelers Championship.
Dustin Johnson cleaned house during this past week’s four-day Travelers Championship event and took first place with a score of -19, just beating out Kevin Streelman who finished at -18. As of now the upcoming RBC Canadian Open and US Open have been canceled.