The multi-million dollar PGA tour in the USA is already facing its first major test at the second golf tournament after the corona break.
The US professional nick watney was tested positive for the coronavirus at the RBC heritage according to the announcement of the US tour. Accordingly, the 39-year-old did not play the second round and must now isolate himself for at least ten days according to PGA tour rules.
The five-time PGA tour winner had traveled privately to the tournament and still tested negative upon arrival. Then on friday he had felt symptoms and consulted a doctor. The U.S. Tour assured watney of its full support and announced it would implement its response plan in consultation with medical experts. Especially the people who had close contact with the californian were investigated. Then on saturday, the PGA tour announced via twitter that all eleven tests had come back negative.
Watney had played the first round together with his compatriots vaughn taylor and luke list. "I was a little shocked, to be honest," taylor said after learning of his colleague’s positive result. "The heart started to race, and I got a little nervous. I just hope nick is okay and we can get through this."
World number one rory mcilroy from northern ireland also had contact with watney. Both chatted for a while on the putting green. Watney later sent him a text message reporting the positive result. "He just said, ‘look, I hope I didn’t get too close to you,’" mcilroy quoted the message. "We’re still in the middle of a pandemic," said the four-time major winner. "Until this thing is over, we all have to stay alert, keep our distance and wear our masks when we go out in public. And continue to wash our hands of it."
Watney is the first member of the PGA tour to contract covid-19. A total of 369 people (players, caddies, staff) had tested negative before the tournament began. The US tour made its comeback a week ago in fort worth, texas. Spectators are forbidden on the course in the corona crisis.
Sporting germany’s golf idol bernhard langer caused a sensation in hilton head island. Thanks to a strong round of 67 on day two, the 62-year-old from anhausen made the cut and qualified for the two decisive rounds over the weekend. The 1985 and 1993 masters winner was tied for 28th with 136 strokes at the $7.1 million tournament in the U.S. State of south carolina. Rank. The U.S. American webb simpson (130 strokes) took the lead ahead of his compatriot bryson dechambeau and canadian corey conners (both 131).
Langer, who usually hurries from victory to victory on the U.S. Seniors tour, won the tournament in hilton head island in 1985 just one week after his first masters victory in augusta and thus has lifetime entry rights to the PGA tournament.