Testing was at the forefront of the PGA Tour’s health and safety protocols that were laid out back on May 13 and according to reports, all is well in that regard thus far.
Players, caddies, and essential personnel underwent their first wave of mandatory coronavirus tests this week as the Tour is getting back underway in Fort Worth, TX at the Charles Schwab Challenge. According to the Tampa Bay Times, a total of 487 tests were done on Wednesday and all of them were negative.
If someone does test positive, they will be required to self isolate for a minimum of 10 days with no symptoms or two negative test results at least 24 hours apart. Players or caddies that test positive will not be allowed to participate in the tournament and if a player tests positive after making the cut they will receive the last place unofficial money.
The Tour also set forth social distancing guidelines that players, caddies, and staff are urged to practice, but according to reports earlier in the week, not everyone is on board.
ESPN’s Michael Collins shared that some players told him that it was ‘business as usual’ at Colonial on Tuesday. The Tour took notice and sent a text to players to ‘remember to practice social distancing’ because it is not only critical for health safety but for ‘public presentation’ as well.