CROMWELL, Conn. — Chase Koepka, the young brother of Brooks Koepka, has been guaranteed a place in the industry of the 2021 Travelers Championship, The Submit learned on Thursday.
Chase, who at 26 years previous is four a long time younger than Brooks, the No. 4-ranked participant in the earth who owns 4 big championships, gained a location into the tournament this week at TPC River Highlands by Monday qualifying, surviving a five-person playoff for two spots.
But Wednesday, following it was realized that Brooks’ caddie, Ricky Elliott, experienced examined optimistic for COVID-19, the two Brooks and Chase withdrew from the tournament as a precaution. For Brooks, because of his lofty position, the withdrawal was not a significant offer. To Chase, who doesn’t have any actively playing position and has played in only a handful of PGA Tour gatherings, it was a crushing blow. A person good functionality on the PGA Tour for a player like Chase can change his existence.
Travelers match director Nathan Grube told The Post on Thursday that he attained out to Chase and instructed him he “earned’’ his way in and that, “if he requirements it subsequent year’’ he’ll have a certain spot in the 2021 Tourists.
Shane Lowry was in the thick of the COVID-19 vortex on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Travelers Championship.
On Tuesday, the reigning British Open up champion from Eire played a observe round with Graeme McDowell and the Koepka brothers.
By Wednesday, McDowell and the Koepka brothers withdrew from the Travelers when it was discovered that equally McDowell’s caddie, Ken Comboy, and Brooks’ caddie, Elliott, had analyzed optimistic for the coronavirus.
Though neither McDowell nor the Koepkas examined positive, all three withdrew out of precaution in case they had been contaminated by the caddies but weren’t yet showing it in a exam.
Lowry was so worried that he consulted with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday evening to make sure it was harmless for him to have on and play. Monahan gave his blessing and it turned out to be a good matter, with Lowry shoot a 4-beneath 66 on Thursday.
“I identified out on Tuesday night about Kenny, Graeme’s caddie, and I’d put in a little little bit of time around Graeme,’’ Lowry explained. “But Graeme hadn’t found [Comboy] due to the fact last week [Comboy didn’t make the trip to Connecticut because he wasn’t feeling well].
“Then certainly we played a exercise round with Brooks, Chase and Ricky Elliott, who was caddying for Brooks and he analyzed optimistic [Wednesday] early morning. Ricky termed me himself. I could not definitely consider it. To be trustworthy, I imagined he was messing with me, due to the fact he form of is like that in some cases.
“Then as the fellas pulled out, I contacted the Tour rather quickly. I questioned them what did they imagine I must do for the reason that I preferred to do the suitable factor. But I really don’t believe I was within plenty of call with Ricky over the class of the 9 holes we performed on Tuesday. We’re just taking precautions. I spoke to Jay [Wednesday evening] in this article at the club and he explained that I’m superior to participate in. So, I’m in this article to play’’
Lowry reported immediately after two clean months — only Nick Watney examined positive final 7 days — this week’s scenarios “have been sort of a kick in the backside to all of us and to make certain that we do the ideal things when we’re out there.’’
“I’ve found a large amount of media coverage that is very damaging, and I really don’t like it,’’ he mentioned. “I consider the PGA Tour, Jay, everyone involved has done a wonderful job, and I as a specialist golfer am really joyful to be back to perform and to be furnishing some enjoyment for some folks at home. I imagine we’re pretty lucky to be back again out playing.’’
Abraham Ancer had his 1st occupation PGA Tour hole in 1 on the 16th gap Thursday, jarring it with an 8-iron from 156 yards. And he was struck the relative silence that accompanied it when an ace frequently elicits big roars from the gallery. There, of course, are no spectators authorized on the golfing course this week.
“It was incredibly anti-climactic mainly because there was no one out there and we could not large-five or anything at all, but continue to, it was wonderful to have my first PGA Tour ace,’’ he reported. “You want to go significant-5 or one thing and we simply cannot correct now, so it was surely unique. But I’ll take it.’’
Tyler McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, didn’t get into the Vacationers discipline right until the Wednesday withdrawals. He missed the slash at previous week’s Korn Ferry Tour occasion and was ready to acquire the week off. He was on his way to the Pisgah Forest around Asheville, N.C., for a silent week off. Then he acquired late phrase that he was in the Vacationers industry if he could get to Connecticut.
“I consider I got the confirmation all over 3 p.m. and the previous flight out of Jacksonville was 5:30, so I experienced to pack up in about 25 minutes and head to the airport,’’ McCumber reported.
He built his flight and produced the most of his opportunity, taking pictures a 5-underneath 65 on Thursday when enjoying alongside defending-champion Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm.
“My brother-in-legislation drove me to the airport previous moment,’’ McCumber reported. “I referred to as him, I’m like, ‘Hey, person, I assume I’m going to get into the match, can you locate me a flight and it’s possible give me a experience to the airport and help me pack?’ He was Superman for me.’’