PGA Tour tees up pro­to­col for test­ing

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports -

Play­ers, cad­dies and key staff around them will be tested once a week for the new coro­n­avirus, and ev­ery­one at the golf course will have their tem­per­a­tures taken every day when the PGA Tour re­turns next month and tries to show it can re­sume its sea­son with min­i­mal risks.

Test­ing was a big part of the process out­lined Wed­nes­day that re­vealed sig­nif­i­cant changes to how tour­na­ments are con­ducted.

No pro-ams. No spec­ta­tors for at least a month, per­haps longer. No fam­ily mem­bers. No dry clean­ing. And so­cial dis­tanc­ing ev­ery­where from the club­house to the prac­tice range.

“Our goal is to min­i­mize risk as much as pos­si­ble, with the full un­der­stand­ing that there is no way to elim­i­nate all of the risk,” said Andy Levin­son, se­nior VP of tour­na­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion for the tour. “But one of the best ways we can do that, to re­duce the like­li­hood of ex­po­sure, is by lim­it­ing the num­ber of peo­ple we have on site and lim­it­ing ac­cess to cer­tain ar­eas, keep­ing groups sep­a­rated.”

It starts June 8-14 at Colo­nial with the Charles Sch­wab Chal­lenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

Test­ing and so­cial dis­tanc­ing was the back­bone of the 37-page pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Re­turn to Golf Events.” The idea is to keep play­ers and essential staff in a bub­ble, and those es­ti­mated 400 peo­ple would be tested for COVID-19.

Tour­na­ments won’t shut down if some­one tests pos­i­tive. Such a player would have to with­draw im­me­di­ately and self-iso­late for at least 10 days, pro­vided there are no sub­se­quent symptoms and he gets two neg­a­tive test re­sults 24 hours part.

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