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The PGA Tour has confirmed that Nick Watney has tested positive for coronavirus and has subsequently withdrawn from this week’s RBC Heritage.

Watney, 39, tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the second round getting underway at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Upon arrival at the tournament, the five-time PGA Tour winner indicated he had symptoms consistent with the illness and, after consulting with an on-site doctor, he was administered a test. On Friday, it was found to be positive.

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In a statement confirming the test, a tour spokesperson said: “Nick will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation and recovery period under CDC guidelines. 

“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.”

Watney travelled privately to Hilton Head Island for the tournament and was not on the PGA Tour-provided charter flight that has been shuttling players from one event to the next as the professional realm of the sport emerges from lockdown.

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He is the first PGA Tour member to test positive for Coronavirus. A total of 369 individuals (players, caddies, essential personnel) underwent on-site testing prior to the start of the tournament, with zero positive results.

The tournament continues.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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