Hughes shoots 60, McIlroy makes strong start at Travelers Championship

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

The fact that Elliot tested positive following of a further test taken as a precaution after a practice round with Graeme McDowell on Tuesday came as a shock to all. "For any individual that does not, there will be serious repercussions, and I'm not going to get into the specifics of it", Monahan said from TPC River Highlands, site of this week's Travelers Championship.

A day after McIlroy claimed it would be silly to cancel the event, the fact the third player in eight days to test positive was little-known Denny McCarthy rather than one of the stars might be the only reason the show remains on the road.

"If there's any chance that I could have it, I am not keen on risking the possibility that I could pass it onto anyone else this week", said McDowell.

Four-time major victor Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19, he told Golfweek's Eamon Lynch.

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

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The show continues on the PGA Tour, and that development comes as no surprise to Rory McIlroy.

The commissioner also said that there would be "serious repercussions" for players who are found to have breached the tour's safety protocols.

Koepka, Elliott and Koepka's coach, Claude Harmon III, were all tested when they arrived at the tournament Monday. "I feel bad for him", the four-time major victor said. "While my tests this week were negative, I feel like it is my responsibility to take care of my family and protect my peers in the field by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship". "We have got to do everything we cannot to spread it". Denny McCarthy - who shot a 67 in the first round - tested positive for the virus and was forced to pull out of the event.

Wallace's other playing partner, Bud Cauley, withdrew as a effect, and there will be plenty thinking the Londoner, who tested negative, should have pulled out as well. Team members are only allowed out of the rented homes to go to the course or get tested.

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