The PGA Tour is back for a third week this week, but that does not mean that everything is going rosy. With the pandemic we have going on, it means that some players will, unfortunately, not be able to play some weeks. This week’s tournament had five players withdraw before it kicked off on Thursday, including the fourth and fifth-ranked players in the world.
Among them are Webb Simpson, the man that took home the win last week at Harbour Town, and Brooks Koepka. Koepka’s caddy tested positive for the virus, so he decided to pull out as a result of that. Meanwhile, his brother, Chase, decided to do likewise having qualified via a qualifier on Monday. Two others are also out, as Cameron Champ tested positive and was automatically taken out of it, and Graeme McDowell added his name to the list after hearing his own caddy also had it. The PGA Tour has already promised to bring more stringent regulations following this news, shoring up a couple of holes in the protocols that existed. There was some criticism with the lack of social distancing last weekend, but most feel the virus has come from the outside and they are simply doing the best they can to limit it moving forward.