CROMWELL, Conn. — Chase Koepka, the younger brother of Brooks Koepka, has been certain a spot in the subject of the 2021 Travelers Championship, The Write-up discovered on Thursday.
Chase, who at 26 yrs outdated is 4 a long time young than Brooks, the No. 4-ranked participant in the environment who owns 4 major championships, earned a place into the event this 7 days at TPC River Highlands by Monday qualifying, surviving a five-gentleman playoff for two places.
But Wednesday, just after it was acquired that Brooks’ caddie, Ricky Elliott, had examined favourable for COVID-19, both equally Brooks and Chase withdrew from the match as a precaution. For Brooks, due to the fact of his lofty position, the withdrawal was not a main offer. To Chase, who does not have any actively playing position and has performed in only a handful of PGA Tour gatherings, it was a crushing blow. 1 excellent general performance on the PGA Tour for a participant like Chase can alter his existence.
Tourists match director Nathan Grube advised The Submit on Thursday that he arrived at out to Chase and informed him he “earned’’ his way in and that, “if he wants it up coming year’’ he’ll have a certain spot in the 2021 Tourists.
Shane Lowry was in the thick of the COVID-19 vortex on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tourists Championship.
On Tuesday, the reigning British Open up winner from Ireland played a follow spherical with Graeme McDowell and the Koepka brothers.
By Wednesday, McDowell and the Koepka brothers withdrew from the Travelers when it was identified that both equally McDowell’s caddie, Ken Comboy, and Brooks’ caddie, Elliott, had analyzed beneficial for the coronavirus.
Even though neither McDowell nor the Koepkas analyzed constructive, all three withdrew out of precaution in situation they experienced been infected by the caddies but weren’t still demonstrating it in a test.
Lowry was so anxious that he consulted with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday night to make guaranteed it was safe and sound for him to carry on and perform. Monahan gave his blessing and it turned out to be a fantastic detail, with Lowry shoot a 4-less than 66 on Thursday.
“I located out on Tuesday evening about Kenny, Graeme’s caddie, and I’d expended a little little bit of time around Graeme,’’ Lowry mentioned. “But Graeme hadn’t seen [Comboy] given that previous week [Comboy didn’t make the trip to Connecticut because he wasn’t feeling well].
“Then of course we played a practice round with Brooks, Chase and Ricky Elliott, who was caddying for Brooks and he examined favourable [Wednesday] early morning. Ricky known as me himself. I couldn’t seriously think it. To be genuine, I believed he was messing with me, because he kind of is like that sometimes.
“Then as the guys pulled out, I contacted the Tour really immediately. I requested them what did they consider I should do for the reason that I preferred to do the appropriate issue. But I don’t think I was inside of enough get hold of with Ricky about the system of the 9 holes we played on Tuesday. We’re just taking safety measures. I spoke to Jay [Wednesday evening] below at the club and he stated that I’m fantastic to perform. So, I’m right here to play’’
Lowry mentioned immediately after two clean weeks — only Nick Watney examined favourable very last week — this week’s situations “have been variety of a kick in the backside to all of us and to make positive that we do the appropriate issues when we’re out there.’’
“I’ve noticed a whole lot of media protection that is fairly unfavorable, and I never like it,’’ he claimed. “I believe the PGA Tour, Jay, everybody involved has completed a good occupation, and I as a qualified golfer am very happy to be back to perform and to be providing some leisure for some persons at house. I believe we’re quite fortunate to be back again out enjoying.’’
Abraham Ancer had his initially occupation PGA Tour hole in a single on the 16th gap Thursday, jarring it with an 8-iron from 156 yards. And he was struck the relative silence that accompanied it when an ace frequently elicits substantial roars from the gallery. There, of system, are no spectators authorized on the golfing training course this 7 days.
“It was incredibly anti-climactic because there was nobody out there and we could not large-5 or something, but nonetheless, it was awesome to have my to start with PGA Tour ace,’’ he mentioned. “You want to go superior-5 or a little something and we can not suitable now, so it was certainly various. But I’ll just take it.’’
Tyler McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, did not get into the Travelers area until finally the Wednesday withdrawals. He missed the slice at previous week’s Korn Ferry Tour party and was organized to take the 7 days off. He was on his way to the Pisgah Forest in close proximity to Asheville, N.C., for a peaceful week off. Then he got late word that he was in the Travelers field if he could get to Connecticut.
“I think I obtained the confirmation all-around 3 p.m. and the final flight out of Jacksonville was 5:30, so I had to pack up in about 25 minutes and head to the airport,’’ McCumber stated.
He created his flight and built the most of his option, taking pictures a 5-beneath 65 on Thursday while taking part in together with defending-winner Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm.
“My brother-in-regulation drove me to the airport past minute,’’ McCumber reported. “I referred to as him, I’m like, ‘Hey, person, I consider I’m heading to get into the event, can you come across me a flight and it’s possible give me a ride to the airport and aid me pack?’ He was Superman for me.’’