Brooks Koepka together with the other 3 golfers decided to withdraw from the competition list after PGA Tour announced that there were 2 more caddies who were tested to be positive to Covid-19 before the event taking place in Connecticut.
Two caddies being tested positive to nCoV are Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott. Comboy is the assistant, however, did not turn up on the TPC River Highlands golf course with golfer Graeme McDowell as he soon suspected himself to be Covid-9 positive and was given the final result at the beginning of the week. Comboy guessed that he had been infected after the commercial flight full of people to Orlando. After that, both of them went on the same car and stayed together in the same hotel room throughout the period of solving each other’s issues.
Elliott surpassed the medical testing and checking round before stepping into the golfcourse, then accompanied Brooks Koepka during the rehearsal round taking place on the 23th of June. In this rehearsal, there are McDowell, Koepka together with Chase’s brother and Shane Lowry. Afther the second test, all of them were announced to be Covid-19 negative, except from Elliott.
What happened has drawn 4 golfers to the final decision to withdraw from the tournament, before the opening round of Travelers Championship this year.
“Even though being tested negative, I still considered this issue as a serious one. I do not want to make bad effect on the health of other people and will cease competing during the next 2 weeks. The most reasonable thing to do at this time is to go home and support caddie Ricky.” Koepka said about his decision to leave Travelers Championship. Chase’s brother and McDowell also had the same reason while Simpson withdrawed not because of the recent situation. “During the last 24 hours, I had one of my family member test infected, I had the responsibility to take care of my family and keep all of my closest safe by withdrawing from the tournament.”