Jason Day will no longer be playing in a threesome at the Travelers Championship after requesting a COVID-19 test on Saturday morning.
The PGA Tour tweeted about Day’s test before the third round kicked off, announcing that Day would be playing as a single and starting his day just over an hour later “as a precautionary measure.” Three hours after that announcement, and 45 minutes after he teed off, the PGA Tour announced that Day had tested negative.
PGA TOUR Statement – COVID-19 testing update— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 27, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020 pic.twitter.com/UdBWt6qsAR
The PGA Tour knew that Day had tested negative before he began the third round, but he will continue playing as a single. COVID-19 is highly contagious and can take days to show up on a test following exposure — even after a previous negative test. Day was supposed to play with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Roger Sloan.
The Travelers Championship has already had seven withdrawals related to COVID-19. Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Denny McCarthy, Bud Cauley and Cameron Champ have all withdrawn from the tournament. Day would be the eighth if he decides to pack up his clubs due to continued exposure concerns.
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