Nick Watney has been forced to withdraw from the RBC Heritage prior to the second round after testing positive for coronavirus. The world No 229 had played through the first round at the RBC Heritage, finishing three-over par.
“PGA TOUR member Nick Watney has withdrawn from the RBC Heritage prior to the second round after testing positive for COVID-19. On Friday, prior to arriving at the tournament, he indicated he had symptoms consistent with the illness and after consulting with a physician, was administered a test and found to be positive,” the PGA Tour statement read:
“Nick will have the PGA TOUR’s full support throughout his self-isolation and recovery period under CDC guidelines.
“For the health and well-being of all associated with the tournament and those within the community, the TOUR has begun implementing its response plan in consultation with medical experts including working with those who may have had close contact with Nick.
“Watney, who traveled privately to Hilton Head Island for the tournament and was not on the PGA TOUR-provided charter flight, tested negative upon arrival.
“He is the first PGA TOUR member to test positive for Coronavirus.
“A total of 369 individuals (players, caddies, essential personnel) underwent on-site testing prior to the start of the tournament, with zero positive results.
“The PGA TOUR will have no additional comment at this time and we ask media and fans to respect the privacy of Nick and his family.”
Despite Watney testing positive for coronavirus, the RBC Heritage will continue as scheduled.
The PGA Tour got back underway last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge and Watney is the first golfer to test positive since play resumed.
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