CROMWELL, Conn. — Chase Koepka, the more youthful brother of Brooks Koepka, has been confirmed a spot in the field of the 2021 Tourists Championship, The Submit learned on Thursday.
Chase, who at 26 many years outdated is 4 yrs young than Brooks, the No. 4-ranked participant in the world who owns 4 big championships, gained a place into the event this week at TPC River Highlands by Monday qualifying, surviving a five-gentleman playoff for two spots.
But Wednesday, soon after it was figured out that Brooks’ caddie, Ricky Elliott, experienced examined beneficial for COVID-19, equally Brooks and Chase withdrew from the tournament as a precaution. For Brooks, because of his lofty status, the withdrawal was not a major deal. To Chase, who does not have any playing status and has played in only a handful of PGA Tour functions, it was a crushing blow. A person superior general performance on the PGA Tour for a player like Chase can alter his existence.
Travelers match director Nathan Grube advised The Write-up on Thursday that he achieved out to Chase and informed him he “earned’’ his way in and that, “if he requirements it following year’’ he’ll have a confirmed location in the 2021 Tourists.
Shane Lowry was in the thick of the COVID-19 vortex on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Vacationers Championship.
On Tuesday, the reigning British Open champion from Eire played a exercise round with Graeme McDowell and the Koepka brothers.
By Wednesday, McDowell and the Koepka brothers withdrew from the Tourists when it was uncovered that both McDowell’s caddie, Ken Comboy, and Brooks’ caddie, Elliott, had tested favourable for the coronavirus.
Whilst neither McDowell nor the Koepkas analyzed optimistic, all 3 withdrew out of precaution in case they had been contaminated by the caddies but weren’t nevertheless demonstrating it in a check.
Lowry was so worried that he consulted with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday night to make certain it was protected for him to have on and perform. Monahan gave his blessing and it turned out to be a good issue, with Lowry shoot a 4-underneath 66 on Thursday.
“I identified out on Tuesday evening about Kenny, Graeme’s caddie, and I’d spent a small bit of time all-around Graeme,’’ Lowry stated. “But Graeme hadn’t witnessed [Comboy] because previous 7 days [Comboy didn’t make the trip to Connecticut because he wasn’t feeling well].
“Then certainly we played a exercise spherical with Brooks, Chase and Ricky Elliott, who was caddying for Brooks and he analyzed beneficial [Wednesday] morning. Ricky identified as me himself. I could not truly believe that it. To be trustworthy, I imagined he was messing with me, for the reason that he form of is like that often.
“Then as the men pulled out, I contacted the Tour very swiftly. I requested them what did they believe I should really do mainly because I preferred to do the ideal factor. But I really don’t consider I was within just more than enough speak to with Ricky about the training course of the nine holes we performed on Tuesday. We’re just having precautions. I spoke to Jay [Wednesday evening] below at the club and he explained that I’m very good to play. So, I’m here to play’’
Lowry stated following two thoroughly clean months — only Nick Watney tested positive very last week — this week’s cases “have been kind of a kick in the bottom to all of us and to make guaranteed that we do the appropriate items when we’re out there.’’
“I’ve found a ton of media protection that is fairly negative, and I really don’t like it,’’ he stated. “I think the PGA Tour, Jay, everybody involved has carried out a good career, and I as a specialist golfer am pretty happy to be back to get the job done and to be giving some entertainment for some individuals at home. I imagine we’re very lucky to be back out taking part in.’’
Abraham Ancer had his initially vocation PGA Tour hole in just one on the 16th gap Thursday, jarring it with an 8-iron from 156 yards. And he was struck the relative silence that accompanied it when an ace generally elicits massive roars from the gallery. There, of course, are no spectators authorized on the golf system this week.
“It was extremely anti-climactic mainly because there was nobody out there and we couldn’t high-five or anything, but nevertheless, it was wonderful to have my 1st PGA Tour ace,’’ he explained. “You want to go substantial-5 or some thing and we can’t ideal now, so it was undoubtedly distinctive. But I’ll choose it.’’
Tyler McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, did not get into the Tourists field right until the Wednesday withdrawals. He skipped the slash at past week’s Korn Ferry Tour function and was prepared to choose the 7 days off. He was on his way to the Pisgah Forest near Asheville, N.C., for a quiet week off. Then he acquired late word that he was in the Vacationers discipline if he could get to Connecticut.
“I consider I obtained the confirmation all over 3 p.m. and the last flight out of Jacksonville was 5:30, so I experienced to pack up in about 25 minutes and head to the airport,’’ McCumber reported.
He created his flight and produced the most of his opportunity, taking pictures a 5-less than 65 on Thursday though taking part in along with defending-champion Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm.
“My brother-in-legislation drove me to the airport final minute,’’ McCumber mentioned. “I called him, I’m like, ‘Hey, male, I assume I’m going to get into the event, can you come across me a flight and possibly give me a journey to the airport and support me pack?’ He was Superman for me.’’