McDowell out of CT event after caddie tests positive for COVID-19

World number four Koepka and 2010 U.S. Open victor McDowell, who competed on the PGA Tour the last two weeks, both tested negative but chose to skip the PGA Tour's third tournament back from a COVID-19 hiatus out of caution.

Early Wednesday, Koepka became the fourth.

"I was feeling pretty exhausted and sore after the round yesterday but didn't think much of it because I had practiced a lot Monday to Wednesday", said McCarthy.

'I don't want to risk anyone's life if they have respiratory issues or underlying conditions. "The only way this Tour can continue is if guys to do this sort of thing and be proactive about it".

On a day which saw Denny McCarthy test positive for coronavirus and playing partner Bud Cauley also withdraw as a precaution, world number one Rory McIlroy dropped down two spots. "Again, I just use it as motivation to go out there and make some more birdies".

The very least of McIlroy's ambitions will be to get back on the top-10 track and shrug off the past two poor Sundays that have seen him come 32nd at Colonial and 41st at Harbour Town. McDowell withdrew after his caddie also tested positive.

He has used those traits to his advantage through two rounds at the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Depending on the results, he will decide if they return to South Florida or need to quarantine in CT. There are now seven players who have pulled out of the tournament due to coronavirus related reasons. "So I think we're going to have a really good time and probably a really good battle".

David Hearn was named as McDowell's replacement for this week's tournament, the third PGA Tour event since golf returning from a coronavirus-driven hiatus that began in March.

"Just tried to come into today with a really positive mindset and aggressive mindset, and I was able to do that and execute early", Gordon said in a press conference. He finished 17th last week at the RBC Heritage after missing the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge. "But the alarm bells have started to ring now that Kenny has failed this test".

McDowell added: "We're a close-knit team".

We're rapidly becoming accustomed in golf's post-lockdown world to the feats of the bigger names sharing the headlines with bad news relating to Covid-19. We roomed together last week, we spent six hours in a vehicle. "He's carrying the virus, so in some way I have to be carrying it, too".

World No. 5 Webb Simpson also withdrew after a family member tested positive while Koepka's younger brother Chase chose to sit out because he played a practice round with Brooks and McDowell.