(CNN)American golfer Nick Watney is the first player on the PGA Tour to test positive for Covid-19.
Watney, 39, withdrew from the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Friday before the second round.Watney had tested negative for the virus when he arrived at the event, but was tested again on Friday after he said that he had symptoms consistent with the illness, according to the PGA Tour. He traveled privately to the tournament, which began on Thursday, and was not on the charter flight offered by the PGA Tour, the organization said. “Nick will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation and recovery period under CDC guidelines,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. Read More”For the health and well-being of all associated with the tournament and those within the community, the TOUR has begun implementing its response plan in consultation with medical experts including working with those who may have had close contact with Nick.”A total of 369 individuals, including players, caddies and essential personnel, were tested for Covid-19 before the tournament began, the PGA Tour said. All those tests were negative.The PGA Tour declined to comment further, and asked that news organizations and fans respected Watney’s privacy.