Dylan Frittelli Becomes Fourth PGA Tour Player To Test Positive For Covid-19

The South African has withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic after testing positive

Dylan Frittelli Becomes Fourth PGA Tour Player To Test Positive For Covid-19
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The South African has withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic after testing positive

Dylan Frittelli Becomes Fourth PGA Tour Player To Test Positive For Covid-19

Dylan Frittelli has withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic after testing positive for Covid-19.

The South African tested positive before the PGA Tour's charter flight to Detroit.

Frittelli said he saw a minor increase in his respiratory rate via his Whoop strap, which all PGA Tour players, caddies and officials now have to wear.

“I am experiencing no issues and feel great physically and was surprised and disappointed to learn of the positive test today,” said Frittelli.

“I’m thankful for the Whoop strap notification of a minor increase [0.3] in my respiratory rate overnight.

"However, I’m most thankful for the Tour’s assistance, procedures and protocols, which I will continue to follow during my self-isolation, so as to keep everyone safe.

"I look forward to getting back on Tout once it’s safe to do so.”

The PGA Tour say that it "has implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who may have had close contact with Frittelli.

"After conducting necessary contact tracing, the Tour’s medical advisors are not recommending any additional testing at this time."

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He becomes the fourth PGA Tour player to test positive for Covid-19 after Nick Watney, Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy.

Ken Comboy, Graeme McDowell's caddie, and Ricky Elliott, Brooks Koepka's caddie, also tested positive last week.

G-Mac and Koepka both tested negative last week but chose to withdraw, as did Webb Simpson who had a family member test positive.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Cameron Champ tested positive but then confirmed that he had subsequently tested negative twice.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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