PGA Tour eases Coronavirus testing of players and caddies

Bernie McGuire
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Rory McIlroy greets PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan during a practice round prior to the RBC Heritage (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour has advised players and caddies that those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer need to take coronavirus tests at tournament sites to participate.

“As the Covid-19 vaccine is becoming more readily available, more individuals are being vaccinated,” the Tour explained in the memo shared by ESPN’s highly-respected Bob Harig.

“PGA Tour Health and Safety protocol requires individuals to continue testing onsite under 14 full days since their second dose (Moderna & Pfizer) or 14 full days since their single dose (Johnson & Johnson).

“Once 14 days have passed, individuals are no longer required to take a Covid-19 test when considered ‘inside the bubble’ at PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions or Korn Ferry Tour events.”

The move follows both the NFL and MLB offering to relax Covid-19 health and safety protocols for teams that hit a certain percentage of vaccinated personnel.

The PGA Tour indicated it is not mandating vaccinations for players, caddies and others needed to complete tournaments.

“I think the most important thing right now is education, and then we’re going to do everything we can to support vaccination for our players when it’s appropriate to do so,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said last month.

Monahan also said at that time he wasn’t planning on limiting fan attendance for tournaments only to patrons who are fully vaccinated. Players and others who elect against getting vaccine shots must still test negative for Covid-19 to participate in future PGA events per current guidelines.

And let’s not forget a tragic total of 562,000 Americans have died as a result of the Coronavirus and there are still around 1,000 a week across the States dying.

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