"For the protection of the field and for my own physical and mental well-being, I'm going to take a test tomorrow morning then jump on a private plane", McDowell, a four-time victor on the PGA Tour, told Golfweek on Tuesday.
Sixth-ranked Dustin Johnson shot 64 and is in a tie for 20th that includes ninth-ranked Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos and UCLA, who had a 67, while second-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain is tied for 26th after a 68. "There's some things I've still got to work out and some stuff I clearly don't understand yet with the wedging".
Playing the back nine first at the TPC River Highlands, Hughes was in blistering form as he strung together a run of five straight birdies from the 14th on his outward nine and picked up four more after the turn.
"I woke up in the middle of the night and my body was really achy and sore and figured something was wrong", he said. "Sucks. Feel like I figured some things out this week and was ready for a nice stretch". He withdrew "out of an abundance of caution for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament", he said. "Playing my game and the way the course set up for me was a challenge when you're playing with guys that hit it like that, but it allowed me to play some good golf". "I tested negative and I can go play". But on Saturday, the Tour informed Comboy he should return to SC to be tested and on Tuesday that came back as positive. Koepka, his brother Chase, McDowell and last week's victor, Webb Simpson, withdrew because of concerns about the virus. Simpson cited the positive test of a family member.
American golfer Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell's caddie Ken Comboy and Brooks Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott were all found to have the virus, and the three affected players were forced to withdraw from the tournament along with Koepka's brother Chase and Webb Simpson, who had been in close contact with those testing positive.
Collin Morikawa, also is heading home, but not because of COVID-19.
After missing the cut in the first two tournaments since the PGA Tour restarted, Shane Lowry produced a solid opening round at the Travelers Championship leaving him well placed inside the top 20. But I made a hard breaking six-footer and it just kept my momentum going.
Koepka, who has won four majors and is now the fourth-ranked golfer in the world, was born in West Palm Beach and went to Cardinal Newman High School. But now I guess we're going to stop talking about it and I can go and just go on to next week. First groups tee off at 6:50 a.m.
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