CROMWELL, Conn. — Cameron Champ tested positive for the novel coronavirus Tuesday when he arrived for this week's Travelers Championship tournament at TPC River Highlands, becoming the second PGA Tour golfer in five days to have a positive test.
Nick Watney tested positive last Friday at Harbour Town Golf Links during the RBC Heritage tournament on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island.
Champ tied for 14th earlier this month at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the PGA Tour's pandemic return event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He did not play last week at Harbour Town and was tested upon arrival at TPC River Highlands.
He withdrew from the tournament, which starts Thursday, and must self-isolate for at least 10 days. He can end his self-isolation after 10 days provided he has no subsequent symptoms or has two negative test results 24 hours apart or more.
"I feel great physically, and I was obviously surprised and disappointed to learn of the test result," Champ said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. "It's important now to take the necessary steps and measures to protect others, including my loved ones."
The tour is expected to release full test results Wednesday after the testing ahead of the tournament is done.
Players on the charter flight from Hilton Head were given a saliva test on Saturday before they could get on the plane. Others traveling to the Travelers Championship, such as Champ, had to do a nasal swab test.
The tour had contact tracing tests of 11 people who may have come in close contact with Watney, who played the first round of the RBC Heritage and was on the course preparing to warm up when his positive test result was returning. The 11 people had two tests, and all results were negative.
Former Baylor School golfer Luke List played the first round of the RBC Heritage with Watney, learned of Watney's positive test halfway through Friday's round and failed to make the cut for the weekend.