PGA gives asymptomatic players a break

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    THE PGA Tour announced Wednesday that it will alter its health and safety plan to allow asymptomatic players a quicker road to return.

    Tour player Cameron Champ will be the first to take advantage of the new standards as he was allowed back into the field at this weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Challenge at Detroit after three negative coronavirus tests in a 72-hour period.

    Champ was originally placed on a 10-day self-isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 23. His 10-day self-isolation period would not have allowed him to tee off in the first round at the Detroit Golf Club on Thursday.

    The PGA Tour officially has transitioned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for players or caddies who test positive. Anybody who tests positive for COVID-19 but has not had any symptoms can return to competition with two negative tests in a 24-hour period.

    Champ was given a 2:10 p.m. EDT tee time Thursday, although he still will be subject to another coronavirus test upon arrival on the course, just like all other players. – Field Level Media