PGA Tour to end weekly virus testing in late July

Jul 25, 2020; Blaine, Minnesota, USA; A view of the 18th hole during the third round of the 3M Open golf tournament at TPC Twin Cities. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour will end its required COVID-19 weekly testing program starting at next month’s 3M Open.

The tour wrote Monday on its website, “Asymptomatic, pre-tournament testing for COVID-19 will be discontinued at the 3M Open, which will be played July 22-25 in Blaine, Minnesota. On-site testing will still be available for symptomatic individuals, and the Tour may still conduct periodic testing of all constituents.”

Golf Digest and Golf Channel acquired a memo from PGA Tour senior vice president Tyler Dennis containing more details about the policy shift. Programs such as weekly on-site testing, complimentary at-home testing and all pro-am testing will be discontinued starting with the 3M Open.

“We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open,” Dennis wrote.

Spain’s Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament earlier this month following the third round after testing positive for COVID-19. He held a six-stroke lead at the time.

–Field Level Media