Cameron Champ was home on Wednesday afternoon in Houston when he received the news that the PGA Tour had adjusted its policy for COVID-19 testing.
Champ tested positive for coronavirus on June 23 at the Travelers Championship and according to the protocol of the tour he was forced to withdraw from the event. Champ returned to Houston where he was tested on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning for COVID-19. All these tests were negative.
“By the specialist we worked with, it is clear at this point that I have never had it,” explained Champ, who was told by his doctors that he did not have the virus and that he needed to remain vigilant. “As far as their medical opinion is concerned, it̵
Champ learned at 5:30 PM ET Wednesday that the tour had changed course and would allow a player or caddy who tests positive to return to the competition if they had no symptoms and recorded two negative tests administered at 24-hour intervals. The original protocol of the tour required 10 days of self-isolation after a positive test.
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Champ took an early flight to Detroit on Thursday and arrived at Detroit Golf Club at 12:45, less than two hours before his 14:10 start time, which was the last time of the day.
“When I saw a physio and I registered, I had about an hour, which was good, that’s what I was hoping for,” Champ said. “I flew in here as early as possible [COVID-19] testing.”
Despite the clumsy start of the day, Champ made the best of the chance after starting his game with two bogeys through his first four holes. After making the turn at 1 under, he birdied the eighth hole par-4 (he started at No. 10) and stayed from 66 feet from a bunker for birdie to last for a 3-under 69. He was four shots back after day 1.