More positive COVID cases at Travelers: Brooks Koepka among those reportedly set to withdraw because of caddie diagnosis


CROMWELL, Conn. — Brooks Koepka is planning to withdraw from the Travelers Championship, according to a Golfweek report, after his caddie Ricky Elliott tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, multiple sources tell Golf Digest that an announcement of other positives tests will come this afternoon. The PGA Tour has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference with commissioner Jay Monahan.

“I’m going to pull out to protect everybody else. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Koepka told Golfweek. “I don’t want to risk anyone’s life if they have respiratory issues or underlying conditions. The only way this Tour can continue is if guys to do this sort of thing and be proactive about it.”

Elliott had tested positive Wednesday morning, according to the report, after testing negative when arriving in Connecticut on Monday.

Elliott, Koepka and Koepka’s coach Claude Harmon III went for additional testing after playing a practice round with Graeme McDowell on Tuesday. McDowell withdrew from the tournament after learning his caddie, Ken Comboy, had tested positive, although Comboy had not made the trip to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka told Golfweek his test came back negative.

Koepka is the third player this week to withdraw from the Travelers in connection with the virus. While Koepka and McDowell were voluntary WDs, Cameron Champ was forced out of the competition after his test came back positive on Tuesday afternoon.

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