Harris English became the latest PGA TOUR player to test positive as he was screened in the pre-tournament process ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, English tested has been withdrawn from the event.
English missed the cut at Charles Schwab, finished T-17 at RBC Heritage and skipped the Travelers Championship last week. The PGA TOUR said English will have its full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines.
“While it’s disappointing to receive this news, as I feel healthy, I’m pleased that the new safety protocols we have in place worked this week,” said English. “I fully supported the TOUR’s new rule of not allowing anyone on the tournament grounds until testing negative, as protecting others in the field and everyone affiliated with the tournament and the community should be the No. 1 priority as a result of a positive test. I appreciate the TOUR’s support and I look forward to competing again after I’m fully recovered.”
Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results.
English is the fifth PGA TOUR player to test positive for Coronavirus since the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf on June 11.
The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Golf on the PGA Tour made its return at the Colonial for Charles Schwab and there were no positive tests. Then there was one positive test (Nick Watney) in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where the RBC Heritage was held. At Travelers there were three positive tests – one player (Cameron Champ) plus two positive tests for caddies in Connecticut, where the Travelers was held. During the tournament Denny McCarthy tested positive and after the event, Dylan Frittelli tested positive before boarding the Charter to Ohio for Rocket Mortgage. And ahead of Rocket Mortgage Classic, Harris English becomes the fifth player on PGA Tour.
English started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. In the period between September and November he had four Top-6 finishes in six starts. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments.