Denny McCarthy has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship in Connecticut after testing positive for coronavirus.
The American player returned a positive test after opening with a first round 67, while Bud Cauley, who played with McCarthy but tested negative, has also withdrawn as a precautionary measure.
The developments take the number of players to have pulled out of the tournament for reasons relating to coronavirus to seven.
Cameron Champ withdrew after testing positive in pre-tournament testing, while Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka both pulled out after their respective caddies returned positive tests.
Koepka’s brother Chase and Webb Simpson withdrew having been in close proximity with a person who had subsequently tested positive.
England’s Matt Wallace, who played with McCarthy and Cauley in the first round, tested negative and is continuing to play in the tournament.
McCarthy, who must now self-isolate for 10 days, told GolfChannel.com: “I woke up in the middle of the night and my body was really achy and sore and figured something was wrong.”
Speaking before the latest withdrawals, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was adamant the tournament would continue, but warned of consequences for players who do not follow strict safety protocols.
He said on Wednesday: “We are excited to get into the Travelers Championship this week and we are going to continue to refine and get better and better and identify ways we can further mitigate any risks.”
The 23-year-old was playing in only his second major.
The 23-year-old triumphed at the US PGA Championship thanks to a magnificent final round of 64.
The US player held off England’s Paul Casey, who finished tied for second with Dustin Johnson.
The 23-year-old emerged from a seven-way tie to snatch the lead in California.
The American carded five birdies and two bogeys en route to a final-round 67.
The top 17 names on the leaderboard are separated by just four shots in California.
Paul Casey cut a calm and relaxed figure after keeping himself in the hunt at the PGA Championship on Saturday.
How does Brooks Koepka feel ahead of the final round of the PGA Championship? Confident.
Round of 72 does little to enhance his chances of a 16th major.