As the PGA Tour golfers were getting one last round of practice in before the Travelers Championship kicks off tomorrow morning in Connecticut, a surprise 2 p.m. press conference with PGA commissioner Jay Monahan was called and all player press conferences were canceled for the remainder of the afternoon.
Oh no. With reports of multiple positive COVID tests at the Travelers, could bad news be in our future? There was a lot of speculation, none of it good. I panicked for a moment. I won’t lie to you.
Turns out, the show will go on at TPC River Highlands. Monahan announced a low number of positive tests (seven, to be exact) and said, “We need to learn to live with this virus. This virus isn’t going anywhere. … You’re going to have more tests going forward.”
PGA Tour commish Jay Monahan, citing low number of positive tests so far and expected positives: "We need to learn to live with this virus. This virus isn’t going anywhere. … You’re going to have more [positive] tests going forward."
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) June 24, 2020
So golf will continue this week, but some of its stars have withdrawn from the field. Brooks Koepka headlines the list of WDs after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, tested positive.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) June 24, 2020
Graeme McDowell will also sit out following his caddie’s positive test, as will last week’s winner, Webb Simpson, and Chase Koepka, the younger brother of Brooks Koepka.
This is much better news than “golf is canceled,” which was on the list of possibilities for the impromptu press conference.