Ian Poulter Shares Brutal Coronavirus Test Experience

PGA Tour players must return negative Covid-19 tests in order to play

Ian Poulter Shares Brutal Coronavirus Test Experience
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PGA Tour players must return negative Covid-19 tests in order to play

Ian Poulter Shares Brutal Coronavirus Test Experience

The PGA Tour is now into its second week back after the Coronavirus break with Harbour Town hosting the RBC Heritage.

It's a seriously strong field with all of the world's top five competition, but each and every player must be tested for Covid-19 before teeing it up. Players undergo three tests before play, which are a nasal swab, a temperature test and a questionnaire.

One player in the field is Ian Poulter, who has finished T10, T7, T11 the last three years at Harbour Town, and the Ryder Cup legend shared his experience of the Coronavirus test with a video on social media.

Poulter tweeted out a video of his nasal test and it looks fairly brutal - this one is not for the faint-hearted.

The 44-year-old wrote, "Have you ever wondered what Corona Virus testing in sport looks like...bet you don’t want to know what it feels like!"

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The Englishman finished T29th last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge and has not missed a cut at a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since The Open Championship last July.

He is currently 60th in the world.

Related: RBC Heritage Golf Betting Tips 2020

This week's tournament is the first of five PGA Tour events back that will not feature on-site crowds.

Fans are set to return at next month's Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

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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.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x