By Keith Jackson
Last update: 29.06.20 01:30 a.m.
Dylan Frittelli is not allowed to participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week after testing positive for Covid-19, as the PGA tour confirmed.
Frittelli was tested as part of the tour’s pre-charter process before he went to Detroit. Now that he has a positive result for the corona virus, he must isolate himself for at least 10 days.
The South African missed the cut at the Travelers Championship after finishing eighth at last week’s RBC Heritage, despite insisting that he “feels physically great” and wants to return to the Workday Charity Open.
He has already been denied the chance to defend his John Deer Classic title after the tournament was canceled for this year and replaced with a new event in Muirfield Village, Ohio in front of The Memorial, moderated by Jack Nicklaus.
Frittelli is the fourth PGA tour professional to test positive for coronavirus after Nick Watney, Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy, while Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell both left the Travelers Championship after it was determined that their caddies were also getting Covid-19 had.
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A PGA tour statement released shortly after Dustin Johnson’s victory in the TPC River Highlands said: “As part of the PGA TOUR’s pre-charter testing process, tour player Dylan Frittelli tested positive for COVID-19.
“Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, has been withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic field next week. He will receive full support from the PGA Tour during his self-isolation period in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
“The PGA Tour implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with people who may have been in close contact with Frittelli. The medical consultants on the tour are currently not recommending additional testing after completing the necessary contact tracking.
“I have no problems and I feel great physically. I was surprised and disappointed when I heard about the positive test today,” said Frittelli. “I am grateful for the WHOOP report of a slight increase [0.3] in my breathing rate overnight.
“However, I am very grateful for the tour’s support, procedures and protocols that I will continue to follow during my self-isolation to ensure everyone’s safety. I look forward to touring again as soon as this is certain.” . “
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