Graeme McDowell withdraws from Travelers Championship as PGA Tour awaits test results

Jay Monahan

I woke up in the middle of the night feeling achy and sore, and figured that something was wrong, and that I had better get tested before I went to the course'.

Major champions Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell are among the players who have withdrawn from this week's Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, after their caddies tested positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday.

Matt Wallace, who completed that threeball on the opening day, played on after testing negative but missed the cut after carding a second-round 72.

This week's Travelers Championship is to proceed as scheduled despite multiple players and caddies testing positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday afternoon, McDowell, the Northern Irishman who famously won the 2010 US Open with Comboy at his side, played a practice round with Brooks Koepka, the world No 4, who also came into contact with Watney on the day his infection was confirmed. But now that Kenny has tested positive - and we've spent a lot of time together the last 10 days - I have to take those symptoms more seriously. "For any individual that does not, there will be serious repercussions, and I'm not going to get into the specifics of it", Monahan said from TPC River Highlands, site of this week's Travelers Championship. I made a decision to drive back to Orlando today, versus flying and those risks as well. "I don't want to do anything that might jeopardize the health of any player in the field or his ability to compete".

Webb Simpson • Withdrew out of an abundance of caution; has been tested twice and has not tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

This will be the first tournament that TPC River Highlands will host this year and we'll see a fantastic field of golfers participating this week.

World No. 5 Webb Simpson, fresh off a win in SC, is also to sit out after a family member tested positive, while Koepka's brother, Chase, who qualified on Monday, withdrew after he played a practice round this week with Brooks and McDowell. "I am going to return home to Charlotte and quarantine under CDC guidelines, and I look forward to returning to competition after that time period".

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