PGA Tour Players To Wear Whoop Bands To Stop Covid-19 Spread

Over 1,000 Whoop straps have been given to the PGA Tour for players, caddies and officials to wear

PGA Tour Players To Wear Whoop Bands
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Over 1,000 Whoop straps have been sent to the PGA Tour for players, caddies and officials to wear

PGA Tour Players To Wear Whoop Bands To Stop Covid-19 Spread

Every single player, caddie, official and media member on the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour Champions will be wearing whoop bands to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

PGA Tour players Nick Watney and Cameron Champ have both tested positive for Covid-19 since Friday, as has Graeme McDowell's caddie.

Update: Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship after his caddie tested positive

On the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour feeder circuit, there have been six positive cases in the first two events back.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, every player, caddie, official and media member will now have to wear a whoop band.

Nick Watney's whoop band was showing some unusual signs and that was what made him get a test, which ultimately turned out positive.

Whoop bands are watch-like wristbands that monitor things like your heart rate, sleep and exercise.

They are already worn by a number of players on tour including Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.

It is said that users who have tested positive for the virus see elevated respiratory rates in the days before feeling ill.

“It’s crazy to say, but [if not for] his Whoop device, we could have been screwed right now because he could have played the rest of the week and ended up contaminating or infecting many other people and we could have been behind the 8-ball severely," Justin Thomas said.

Will Ahmed, the founder and CEO of Whoop confirmed that over 1,000 units had been sent out to the PGA Tour.

"I can confirm that the PGA Tour has procured over 1,000 WHOOP Straps for all @PGATOUR, @KornFerryTour, and @ChampionsTour players, caddies, media and essential workers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," he wrote on social media.

"We are rapidly onboarding everyone in the PGA Tour universe as of yesterday and respect the measures that they are taking to keep the Tour safe."

The bands are said to collect "physiological data 24/7 to provide the most accurate and granular understanding of your body."

Whoop is a subscription service where the band comes included in the monthly fee.

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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 the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships 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 anywhere between 4-6. 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

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x