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PGA Tour participant Nick Watney withdraws from match following tests optimistic for Covid-19

Watney, 39, withdrew from the RBC Heritage event in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Friday right before the 2nd round.

Watney had tested destructive for the virus when he arrived at the party, but was examined once more on Friday immediately after he claimed that he experienced indications steady with the illness, in accordance to the PGA Tour.

He traveled privately to the event, which started on Thursday, and was not on the charter flight supplied by the PGA Tour, the business said.

“Nick will have the PGA Tour’s full aid all over his self-isolation and recovery period less than CDC rules,” the PGA Tour said in a assertion.

“For the health and perfectly-being of all related with the match and all those inside of the local community, the TOUR has begun employing its reaction prepare in consultation with medical professionals like working with people who may perhaps have had close speak to with Nick.”

Watney, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, performed with fellow People Vaughn Taylor and Luke Listing in the initial round, carding a 3-about-par 74, effectively off the rate.

A complete of 369 folks, such as players, caddies and vital staff, had been tested for Covid-19 in advance of the event began, the PGA Tour mentioned. All these checks were being adverse.

The PGA Tour declined to comment more, and requested that information businesses and admirers revered Watney’s privacy.

The Heritage tournament is the second to be held since the resumption of the PGA Tour adhering to its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is currently being played without the need of spectators and with stringent protocols in area.

American Daniel Berger received very last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas as the world’s top rated golfers returned to competition right after a 3-thirty day period hiatus, with Watney also in action, lacking the lower after ending 5-in excess of-par for his two rounds.

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.