Harris English Tests Positive for COVID-19, Exits 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2020

Harris English waves after making a birdie putt on the eight hole, during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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The PGA Tour announced Monday that golfer Harris English has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

You can see the press release below:

English joins a growing list of players to have tested positive for the coronavirus since the PGA Tour resumed, including Dylan Frittelli, Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy and Nick Watney. The caddies for Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell also tested positive. 

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said last Wednesday that the organization was updating its policies to limit the threat of the coronavirus.

"We're making several adjustments to our health and safety plan as noted in the memo sent to players this morning, and we will continuously reinforce to all players, caddies, staff members and support personnel on property at PGA Tour events to adhere to social distancing and other safety professionals that further minimize risk," he said, per Joel Beall of Golf Digest.

That followed five players pulling out of the Travelers Championship because of COVID-19 concerns. English didn't play in the tournament and will not be permitted to play in any PGA Tour events until he records a negative test. The Georgia native will also be required to self-isolate for 10 days. 

"I fully support 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 No. 1 priority as a result of a positive test," he said in a statement. 

The 30-year-old is ranked No. 139 in the world. He tied for 17th at the RBC Heritage two weeks ago. 

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