This week players will make their way to Sea Island in Georgia where the RSM Classic is, however the RSM Classic COVID-19 outbreak is concerning. However, the tournament will be short a few player due to a new TOUR COVID-19 outbreak that eliminates three golfers from the RSM Classic.
Haas’ replacement tests positive
Kramer Hickok, Henrik Norlander and Bill Haas have all tested positive for COVID-19. Coincidentally, Hickock withdrew from the event for testing positive after replacing Bill Haas who tested positive during the PGA TOUR pre-screening.
In a statement Norlander expressed his disappointment in the withdrawal and gave an update on his health status. When talking about the RSM Classic COVID-19 outbreak explained that he had begun feeling symptoms on Tuesday. “After noticing some symptoms last night, I was tested this morning for COVID-19 and unfortunately received the positive result.” He added, “While I’m disappointed to withdraw from a tournament where I’ve had success at in the past, I’m grateful I can drive home to Augusta and have next week to get healthy and be ready to compete again.”
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Players were slated to perform well this tournament
All three players boast a pretty impressive record in the TOUR. Haas is a six-time PGA TOUR winner, with the most recent win being back in 2015. Hickock doesn’t have a win under his belt, but had a really strong finish when he took T8 at the Bermuda Championship earlier this month.
Hickock also commented on his positive status after the results came back. “Obviously, I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play this week, as I am playing well and love the courses at Sea Island..” He continued, “Nonetheless, I look forward to returning to the RSM Classic next year.”
RSM Classic COVID-19 outbreak reflects current virus spike
This RSM Classic outbreak is currently the biggest to occur in months. Previous to this only 16 players tested positive for the coronavirus, but resumed back in June.
The cases around the United States are spiking exponentially, with a staggering 11.5 million new cases of coronavirus popping up. As the RSM Classic COVID-19 outbreak occurs, the first day of the tournament seemed to go smoothly.