That didn’t take long.
On Friday, the PGA Tour announced that Nick Watney has tested positive for COVID-19.
Watney missed the cut last week at Colonial and did not fly to Hilton Head on the tour’s charter flight. He played on Thursday and shot a first round 74. On Friday, he woke with symptoms consistent with the virus. After consulting a physician and undergoing another test, he was found to be positive. He withdrew from the RSM Classic.
The Tour will now do contact tracing for anyone who was in contact with Watney, including his first round playing partners — Luke List and Vaughn Taylor.
Watney will now be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. He lives in Las Vegas so it’s not feasible for him to drive home.
Watney is the first PGA Tour player to test positive. One Korn Ferry Tour player tested positive two weeks ago along with three caddies on that tour. This week, only two caddies on the KFT tested positive.
Tiger Woods Passes On The Travelers:
The deadline for next week’s Travelers event in Cromwell, Connecticut, came and went and once again, Tiger Woods is staying at home.
Wood is expected to remain idle until the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on July 16.
Still, the Travelers will have a good field that includes the top seven players in the world. Pat Cantlay, who didn’t play in either of the two opening events, will play next week.