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RBC Canadian Open makes long-awaited return

By: PGA Staff

The population of Toronto is higher than that of Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. In fact, Toronto is the fourth-most populous city in the whole of North America.

And its mayor, John Tory, is a big fan of golf.

Count Tory as just one person who is thrilled to see the RBC Canadian Open return to the PGA TOUR schedule after a two-season hiatus due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a big event,” Tory, who has been Toronto’s mayor since 2014, told PGATOUR.com. “It creates a lot of activity in the city for people to come and visit… and it’s just one more sign of a return to more normal life after a dismal period during the pandemic.”

The RBC Canadian Open is the only North American event on the TOUR’s schedule not to have been contested in both 2020 and 2021. The membership of St. George’s Golf and Country Club voted in favor of keeping the event at its course after the cancellation of 2020 and again in 2021, and the championship will return to the club – 11 miles from the CN Tower – for the sixth time.

In his Canadian Open debut, Rory McIlroy shot a 9-under 61 to win the 2019 Canadian Open by seven shots. The crowd was abuzz. McIlroy was the most notable entrant in that year’s field, and the Toronto Raptors were in the midst of their NBA Championship run.

So how do tournament organizers top that effort?

By going as big as possible.

“You take the bad and make the best out of it,” said Tournament Director Bryan Crawford. “When it was time to come back, we were going to come back in a big way, and that’s what is about to happen.”

John Sibley, Golf Canada’s Chief Commercial Officer, called this year’s Canadian Open the “largest operational undertaking” in the organization’s history. There will be approximately 210,000 square feet of hospitality – 92,000 more than at Hamilton Golf and Country Club three years ago.

The Rink will also make its return. It’s a somewhat Canadian cliché, but the par-3 16th hole will have hockey boards set up around it along with hospitality suites dubbed “penalty boxes.” But even Corey Conners, Canada’s top-ranked male golfer, enjoys The Rink’s buzz. He says he plans on giving away “a jersey or two” during tournament week.

“The atmosphere is really cool,” said Conners. “It’s something new and a little extra special about the event and hopefully we can hit some good shots.”

RBC Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mary DePaoli has had a hard time containing her excitement with the return of the bank’s home-country event. RBC and AT&T are the only title sponsors on the TOUR schedule that operate two separate tournaments.

DePaoli said her team has learned a lot from operating the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head the last two years and is keen to put some of those lessons into practice at St. George’s. She said she’s excited for the support from the hometown fans, as well as PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan and PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments & Competitions Officer Andy Pazder.

“They cannot wait to see this tournament come back online and mark the return of it back to Canada,” DePaoli said. “They know from their players there is a lot of enthusiasm for this tournament. They’re very proud of this tournament.”

Golf in Canada, despite its shortened season, has experienced a boom similar to most cities in North America. Between the pent-up excitement for the event and golf’s never-before-seen popularity, it should be a thrilling week for Canadian fans.

 It’s also shaping up to be an excellent field.

McIlroy returns to defend his title from 2019. FedExCup leader Scottie Scheffler also will be there, as will PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, and PLAYERS champion Cam Smith.

There’s also a plethora of Canadians looking to win their national championship; there hasn’t been a homegrown winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Led by Conners and buoyed by fellow Presidents Cup hopefuls Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Hadwin, the Canadian contingent is strong. In fact, this could be the best year in recent memory for Canadian hopefuls.

Hadwin was low Canadian in 2019, finishing sixth at Hamilton. Mackenzie Hughes finished T14. Four Canadians made the cut.

“It’s a really special week for me… it’s right up there with the majors on my schedule,” said Conners. “I’m looking forward to trying to get myself in contention and I know it’ll be a great event. I’ve been telling lots of people: The Canadian fans are sure going to be excited that the PGA TOUR is coming back north of the border.”

Even the mayor thinks someone from the Canadian contingent has a good shot this year at St. George’s. Tory, 67, remembers George Knudson and Moe Norman and Mike Weir, but their successes came as singular stars. Now, he said, Canada has strength in numbers.

“I’m very proud of that as a golfer and as a Canadian,” he said. “We still have that one elusive victory – to have a Canadian win the Canadian Open. But given the performance of some of our players on the TOUR, this may well be the time that happens and that would be a wonderful thing.”

The mere return of the RBC Canadian Open itself is already a wonderful thing.

Jon Rahm returns to site of win, bizarre WD at the Memorial

By: PGA Tour

DUBLIN, Ohio – He won in 2020.

He led by six but had to withdraw with a positive COVID test in 2021.

Jon Rahm comes into the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday having seen the highest highs and the lowest lows at Muirfield Village – or so it seems. The truth, he says, is more complicated. Yes, he wanted to become the first player since Tiger Woods to successfully defend his Memorial title (2000-01), but not getting to do so wasn’t going to define his year.

“Yes, I walked off the course, I was told I couldn’t play, and I was mad for about 10 minutes,” he said. “I allowed myself to be upset. But instantly my switched flipped and I called my wife and I made sure that she was OK, and my son was OK.

“Once I knew they were okay,” he continued, “I was in my little trailer, that little COVID hut we had, and me and my caddie were laughing. We ordered milkshakes and we were laughing at the funny part of everything, right. I mean, the fact that that happened; that I had a six-shot lead and it’s gone, I can’t even play, right. I mean, it’s just – the irony of it all …”

Much has been said of Rahm’s maturation on the PGA TOUR, but perhaps no vignette better captures his equanimity than the Memorial a year ago. He had just completed his third round when he was told of the positive test, and while he was clearly aghast at the news, the image of him laughing about it soon after, milkshake in hand, speaks volumes.

Still intense, but possessed of plenty of perspective, Rahm, 27, has found a gear that is serving him well. When he was asked about his putting struggles earlier this season, he shrugged it off, said the flatstick would come around, and won the Mexico Open at Vidanta a month ago, his seventh TOUR win. He’s 11th in the FedExCup, second on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Now the husband and father of one, with another on the way, is headed into a two-week stretch in which he’ll be a big favorite (Memorial) and the defending champion (U.S. Open). He admits his game isn’t at its absolute peak, but it’s not far off.

“I’m comfortable and confident it could be getting better,” he said.

“I can tell you the first time I played here in 2017, I believe, for some reason, I absolutely hated it,” he added. “… I think it was my first missed cut as a pro (it was his second), and I was just like, ‘I’m done. Never going back.’ And Adam (Hayes), my caddie, kept telling me, ‘Man, I’m telling you, this place is great for you. You just need to learn … certain holes and certain shots.’”

Winning here in 2020 changed everything, and he has called the golf he played at last year’s Memorial some of the best of his career. Then he won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He’s a popular pick to capture his second Memorial this week.

Despite everything, he said, he won’t be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

“It’s a whole new tournament,” Rahm said. “I can’t be playing, let’s say, mad at what happened last year. Is it motivation? Yes. But you know, it’s not much more added to what I already had.”

Will Zalatoris out of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after testing positive for COVID-19

Will Zalatoris, fresh off a runner-up finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, has withdrawn from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after testing positive for COVID-19.

Zalatoris lost a playoff to Luke List on Saturday at Torrey Pines Golf Course after leading for much of the final round. Zalatoris barely missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation that would have given him his first career TOUR title.

“I thought I made it,” he said. “I just needed a hair more speed. I’ve seen enough putts through the years coming down that hill to know that that putt just doesn’t go left. And it happened to go left.”

He and List returned to 18 for the sudden-death playoff. List hit his approach within tap-in distance and won his first PGA TOUR title after Zalatoris missed his 15-footer for birdie.

Though he did not collect his first win, Zalatoris’ year is off to a solid start. The runner-up finish came after a T6 at the previous week’s The American Express. Zalatoris saw immediate dividends from a recent switch to a driver that was an inch longer. He also gained 15 pounds in the offseason. The additional 10-12 yards off the tee are a strong complement to Zalatoris’ iron play, which is among the best on TOUR.

Zalatoris, last year’s PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, is 17th in this season’s FedExCup standings. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is something of a hometown event for Zalatoris, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until moving to Dallas at the age of nine. He started playing golf at the California Golf Club of San Francisco, where he received early tips from fellow Cal Club member Ken Venturi, the 1964 U.S. Open champion.

WEI LING HSU CAPTURES FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN THRILLING SHOOTOUT AT PURE SILK CHAMPIONSHIP

Newport News Medical Device Manufacturer become official mask of Kingsmill LPGA Tournament

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – April 19, 2021 – The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg, announced that bloxTM is the official mask provider for this year’s LPGA tournament event at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. blox is a collection of high-fidelity face masks developed by ivWatch, a Virginia based medical device company.  blox98 respirator style face masks will be provided to athletes, tournament staff, volunteers, media, and more to keep tournament-play safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is the largest professional golf event in Virginia and will operate with limited patrons for the 2021 cycle, after being cancelled in 2020. In addition to providing high performance masks, members of the ivWatch clinical staff will be on-hand to offer educational clinics on the importance of proper mask wearing.
“The safety of players, tournament staff, volunteers, and our limited patrons remains a top priority. We’re thrilled to partner with ivWatch, a local well-respected company that has put in the work to provide better, quality blox masks to help improve education around proper mask wearing for our community and our tournament,” said Landon Stulen, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Kingsmill Resort.
“ivWatch is excited to play a critical role in getting Virginia back to sports with high performance blox face masks,” said Erin Wendell, Chief Marketing Officer for ivWatch. “Our premium masks are designed to be tough enough for the front line, giving everyone confidence to safely get back to sports and everyday life. Whether participating in the tournament or watching it, we believe everyone deserves the highest quality, comfort, and protection in their mask.”
ivWatch, a trusted biosensor medical device manufacturer, expanded its innovation center footprint to manufacture quality blox masks in Virginia for everyone. blox98  face masks are high-fidelity masks designed to create a proper seal on the upper and lower part of the mask to keep out ≥98% of 0.1 micron aerosolized particles while still being comfortable, affordable and disposable. blox masks are backed by the vQaulity System showing the exact performance of each mask. Consumers now have access to the same filtration test results used to certify N95s. Each mask comes with a QR code that consumers can quickly scan, delivering test results directly to the palm of their hand. This interactive tool was designed to fight against poor quality and counterfeit masks that flooded the marketplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Pure Silk Championship will be held at the Kingsmill Resort. Kingsmill, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.
To learn more about the tournament, visit www.kingsmill.com or call (844) 419-0600. For more information on ivWatch and the blox mask collection, visit blox.ivwatch.com or to purchase blox98 masks, visit bloxdirect.com.
About ivWatch and blox:
ivWatch, LLC is a biosensor technology company focused on improving patient safety and the effectiveness of intravenous therapy. Our dedicated and passionate team is pioneering the use of optical sensors to detect adverse IV events early to minimize the risk of injury caused by infiltrations and extravasations. By using this technology, clinicians can leverage continuous monitoring to help identify infiltrations as early as possible. Our innovative IV monitoring solutions are backed by decades of clinical research, device development, and ongoing use in facilities worldwide.
ivWatch, LLC has now introduced blox, a product line of high-fidelity particulate filtration face masks. ivWatch leveraged its research and development expertise in the healthcare industry and its manufacturing prowess to create superior high quality particulate face masks. Each blox mask is verified via vQuality, the company’s authentication platform, that provides transparency about product performance data to consumers in an easily accessible, simplified report, which illuminates blox’s superior mask performance. In a world currently swarmed by counterfeit and below average face masks, ivWatch and blox are here to give you the protection you deserve.
To learn more, follow us on Twitter @ivWatch, Facebook @ivWatchLLC, on Instagram @ivWatchLLC and LinkedIn @ivWatch-LLC, or visit www.ivWatch.com and blox.ivWatch.com.

Pure Silk Championship Welcomes PGA Tour Operations Manager

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – March 25, 2021 –Originally from Lawrenceville, GA Steven Wood Graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Sports Management. Wood began work with PGA TOUR in 2010 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. His work with the PGA TOUR spans 11 years and over 25 events including Web.com TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, VA. Steven will serve as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 2021 tournament at Kingsmill.
Announced this month, the tournament will operate with limited spectators onsite; however, fans of the event are encouraged to play in the Wednesday Pro-Am to experience an exclusive behind the ropes experience.
All Wednesday Pro-Am participants must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to play as administered by the LPGA.
Kingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.

Birdies for St. Jude fundraiser unites World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational fans, PGA TOUR athletes to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

StMEMPHIS, Tenn.July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Birdies for St. Jude, launching today, will give fans a unique interactive opportunity to engage with PGA TOUR athletes when the world’s best golfers descend on MemphisJuly 30 – August 2, for the 2020 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. With this virtual front row to the tournament action, participants from around the world can team up with their favorite participating golfer to make a one-time donation or commit to a pledge for each birdie carded by that player during the tournament, all benefiting the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the sole charitable beneficiary of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, announced Birdies for St. Jude as a fun and exciting opportunity to bring the action directly to fans across the globe. Participating PGA TOUR pros will be featured on a leaderboard throughout the tournament, while fans virtually engage in the real-time excitement to support the kids at St. Jude.

“We are so thankful for the decades of support from the PGA TOUR, our partners at FedEx and golf fans around the world who support our life-saving mission,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The golf community stands with us all year long supporting our life-saving work. This year, we’re asking fans to participate virtually, by engaging in the Birdies for St. Jude campaign, as an important way to help raise funds and awareness so the world can witness how kindness and compassion from our partners, the athletes and fans creates such a meaningful and lasting impact on the kids at St. Jude.”

Patient art is an important feature of the tournament as it displays not only the talent of St. Jude kids, but also that art is a key component of the treatment and care at St. Jude. In 2019, patient art was featured on caddie bibs and FedEx collaborated with FootJoy® and St. Jude to create and deliver a special pair of shoes for Justin Thomas, including a design by patient Bailey. For 2020, art will play an even bigger role. Several patients’ works of art will be prominent on caddie bibs and others featured by athletes and then as charity auction items through Birdies for St. Jude during the tournament. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Many St. Jude patients, including those who have provided their artwork this year, are at the heart of what makes the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational so special. Their strength and inspirational stories always make an impact on PGA TOUR pros and fans alike. For example, resident competitive golfers, Dakota, 14, and Ally, 17, hope to become professional golfers one day. Earlier this year, Dakota carded his first career hole-in-one while still in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He recently completed treatment and returns for ongoing checkups. Ally, a strong competitor and inspiration on her high school golf team, is now out of treatment after a diagnosis of medulloblastoma, a rare brain tumor.

St. Jude patient Caleb, 11, is a fan of professional wrestling and is currently in treatment for ALL. Nate, 10, is now out of treatment for medulloblastoma and spends his time focusing on his favorite sports, golf, video games and basketball. Feature stories on St. Jude patients and their participation in the tournament are available on St. Jude Inspire.

Donor support during the World Golf Championships-St. Jude Invitational helps St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. The global awareness opportunity during the WGC-FESJI is important because St. Jude freely shares its groundbreaking discoveries, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children around the world. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies from cancer.

For more information, visit stjude.org
To make a pledge or to donate, visit BirdiesForStJude.org

Meet the Team of 20 Competing at the 2020 PGA Championship – Part I

By PGA

The 2020 PGA Championship is fast approaching and the ‘Team of 20’ PGA Professionals competing will be looking to make their mark at TPC Harding Park.
The 2020 PGA Professional Championship — which had been scheduled for July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas — was canceled on June 29 due to COVID-19. That meant the top 20 on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list were eligible for the 2020 PGA Championship.
We’ll be taking a look at the ‘Team of 20’ over the next few weeks leading into the championship. Here are five of the PGA Professionals who will be teeing it up at TPC Harding Park, August 6-9.
Michael Auterson

Club/Facility: Hickory Woods Golf Course, Loveland, Ohio
Southern Ohio PGA Section
Auterson will be making his debut in the PGA Championship. The winner of the 2018 Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship and Southwest Chapter Stroke Play Championship, he finished 12th in the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year Standings presented by Omega.
Danny Balin

Club/Facility: Fresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success, New York
Metropolitan PGA Section
Balin will be playing in his seventh PGA Championship since 2010 and will also play in the 120th U.S. Open Championship after being granted an exemption from the USGA for finishing in the top-three spots in the 2019 Professional Player of the Year standings. He finished runner up at the 2019 PGA Professional Championship.
Alex Beach

Club/Facility: Westchester Country Club, Rye, New York
Metropolitan PGA Section
Beach will be appearing in his third-straight PGA Championship after winning the 2019 PGA Professional Championship. He was just the second left-hander and second PGA Golf Management University Program alum to capture the national title. Beach’s 2019 also featured being a member of the victorious U.S. PGA Cup Team and a win at the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, where he became the first PGA Member to win both the PPC and Assistant PPC in the same calendar year.
Rich Berberian, Jr.

Club/Facility: Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
New England PGA Section
Berberian will be playing in his fifth-straight PGA Championship, the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. He is one of six PGA Professional Champions whose father was a PGA Professional. His father, PGA Life Member Richard Berberian, Sr., competed in the 1988 & 1990 PGA Professional Championships and five Senior PGA Professional Championships. Berberian is a two time (2016, ’17) PGA Professional Player of the Year.
Justin Bertsch

Club/Facility: Club Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida
South Florida PGA Section
Bertsch earned a spot in his second-straight PGA Championship by finishing fifth in the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings presented by OMEGA. He earned Southwest Florida Chapter PGA Player of the Year honors in 2018

Healthy Roster Helps PGA TOUR Relaunch With SAFER Play – an Automated COVID-19 Symptom Screening & Alerts Platform

By Healthy Roster

DUBLIN, Ohio, /PRNewswire/ — Sports Medicine and Telehealth company Healthy Roster announced the launch of SAFER Play for the PGA TOUR. In preparing to return to regular season competitive play, the PGA TOUR has partnered with Healthy Roster to ensure its players, caddies, and all staff at events are screened daily in order to make sure any symptomatic individual is identified and kept from coming to the course.  

Healthy Roster’s SAFER Play provides a customizable screening and alerts platform that can be easily customized and quickly deployed to ensure that all participants are screened daily to reduce the chances of COVID-19 spread at events. Automated daily screenings are delivered via email and text-based messages to ensure everyone stops to consider symptoms each day during the event. Any symptoms reported immediately trigger alerts to designated administrators and medical personnel for quick assessment via a telehealth interaction. SAFER Play also integrates with various testing facilities and home-test providers to flag any individual in the days prior to PGA TOUR events.  

“Travel and personal interaction are inherently part of life on the PGA TOUR, which becomes particularly complex in the era of COVID-19,” said Andy Levinson, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Tournament Administration. “Healthy Roster customized our surveys, integrated with our network of COVID-19 testing facilities, and delivers automated daily screenings to all tournament participants. This doesn’t guarantee that COVID-19 won’t be present, but it gives multiple layers of defense to provide the safest possible environment for our members and fans.” 

Healthy Roster’s SAFER Play is built for athletic organizations, employers, and educational institutions that need the ability to screen, alert, and communicate COVID-19 statuses daily.  The simple setup and rapid deployment of the platform prevent organizations from having to invent manual tracking systems which could take weeks to develop, train, and deploy. Users can quickly upload athletes and staff, then immediately begin to send email or text-based surveys to check for COVID-19 symptoms daily. The platform doesn’t require downloads or passwords which make it easy for a person to easily report how they feel, sending alerts to designated administrators when someone needs further assessment.  

SAFER Play is a secure, automated set of proactive communication protocols that provides the ability to:

Screen individuals for COVID-19 symptoms using simple text messages

Alert personnel automatically when an individual indicates at-risk symptoms

Facilitate immediate responses in line with established protocols 

Engage the employee quickly via chat and video to conduct, assess and advise 

Reports identify trends and hotspots to prevent workplace spread 

Given the unprecedented nature of establishing pandemic return-to-work COVID-19 protocols, the SAFER Play is easily updated and tailored to an organization as federal and state requirements continue to evolve. 

CEO Nathan Heerdt states, “Our goal has always been to help keep people healthy and in the game. It’s never been more imperative for people to be aware of how they are feeling and the immediate impact their health has on everyone around them. With SAFER Play, we’re uniquely suited to help organizations work together to keep everyone healthy and decrease the chance of being exposed to COVID-19.”

Brooks Koepka Withdraws from Travelers Championship

By PGA

Brooks Koepka was among five players to withdraw from the Travelers Championship Wednesday.
Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, and Chase Koepka also withdrew from the tournament according to PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan.
“I haven’t tested positive for COVID-19, but as I’ve said all along, I’m taking this very seriously. I don’t want to do anything that might jeopardize the health of any player in the field or his ability to compete. The right thing to do right now is get home, support Ricky and feel confident that I’m doing what I can do protecting my fellow TOUR members, my PG TOUR friends and everyone associated with the Travelers Championship this week,” Koepka shared in a post on Instagram.