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PGA Tour commissioner headed to Travelers Championship site after multiple Covid-19 cases

The PGA Tour has run into a problem with multiple Covid-19 cases heading into its third tournament of the restart. The commissioner is headed to Connecticut for a press conference.

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the seventh hole during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 22, 2019 in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: The Travelers Championship is a GO. The commissioner announced Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka, and Chase Koepka have all withdrawn out of safety concerns. Here’s what commissioner Jay Monahan had to say about the positive tests:

UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: The press conference has been pushed back to 2:30 p.m. ET and now we’ve got more reports saying there could be more cases of positive tests.

On Thursday, the PGA Tour was set to start its third tournament since restarting its 2019-2020 season amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. That might be changing in short order. Commissioner Jay Monahan is traveling to Connecticut, site of this week’s Travelers Championship to to hold a 2 p.m. ET press conference, per Golf Channel writer Will Gray.

The tournament has had three players withdraw due to either them or their caddie testing positive for Covid-19. Cameron Champ withdrew after he tested positive, while Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka withdrew because their respective caddies tested positive. Koepka’s caddy tested positive after Koepka and McDowell had a practice round together on Tuesday. Golf writer Robert Lusetich is reporting the child of another player has also tested positive.

The tournament has not been canceled, but flying up for a press conference after multiple positive tests does not bode well for the tournament’s status. If it gets canceled, the question then becomes how long the PGA Tour shuts down. We’ll find out at 2 p.m. ET.