Temperature checks, virus testing part of PGA return
MIAMI Coronavirus testing and daily temperature measurement will be part of the US. USA PGA Tour The health and safety plan when he returns next month, officials confirmed Wednesday.
The PGA Tour plans to resume without spectators on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where four-time major winner Brooks Koepka says he plans to compete.
Nasal swab tests for the deadly virus, which has closed the loop for two months, would begin when players and caddies perform a pre-trip screening test. They would be re-evaluated when they arrive at the event accommodation.
When they arrive at the course every day, players and caddies will face health questions and thermometer readings before they can enter.
If a player's temperature is above 100.4 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) on any given day, they will be tested for coronavirus.
With up to two days required to obtain results, golfers will only be able to practice and play, observing social distancing protocols, while waiting for the results. They would be prohibited in other facilities of the course.
Any player found positive for the virus must immediately quarantine a selected location for at least 10 days. If a player tests positive after making the 36 hole cut, the prize will be paid last.
We're not going to play if we can't do it in a safe and healthy environment, PGA Tour chief of operations Tyler Dennis said.
Three other events: Heritage, Travelers Championship and the Rocket Mortgage Championship - will be played without spectators, with the John Deere Classic in Sylvis, Illinois, July 9-12, the first possible event on a renewed schedule that could be open to fans.
Access will be restricted to the player and caddy areas and the clubhouse to those who have been approved by the tests, with no families on site.
PGA staff, including rules and scoring officers, security, select clubhouse, tournament, and volunteer staff, coaches, and coaches will be permitted at the event.
The tour will provide face masks and disinfecting wipes and cover the costs of testing for players, caddies and essential personnel.
Players will retrieve the golf balls from the holes and will be asked to remove and replace their own clubs from the bag.
Caddies can rake bunkers and spread flag sticks, but must use sanitary wipes on equipment after doing so.
And there will be no handshakes after the round.
A charter flight hired by the tour will take players and caddies between tournaments, but they have virus tests within 24 hours of departure. Only those who test negative can board the plane.