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Positive tests increase pressure on PGA Tour

Pulling out: Koepka PICTURE: AP

THE PGA Tour has been thrown into crisis as a number of new positive coronavirus tests emerged at the Travelers Championship, including the caddies of Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell.

Both Koepka and McDowell withdrew from this week’s event in Connecticut. After his caddie Ricky Elliott tested positive, Koepka told Golfweek: ‘I’m going to pull out to protect everybody else. I think it’s the right thing to do.

‘I don’t want to risk anyone’s life if they have respiratory issues or underlying conditions.

‘The only way this tour can continue is if guys do this sort of thing and be proactive about it.’

McDowell also withdrew after learning his caddie Ken Comboy tested positive. Earlier this week, Cameron Champ became the second PGA Tour player to test positive since the sport resumed.

But PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monaghan last night insisted the event, starting today, would go on.