CROMWELL, Conn. — Cameron Champ tested positive for the COVID-19 on Tuesday and was forced to withdraw from the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.
In a statement released by the tour, Champ said, “I feel great physically and I was obviously surprised and disappointed to learn of the test result. It’s important now to take the necessary steps and measures to protect others, including my loved ones.”
Champ, 25, is the second golfer to test positive for the virus in two weeks.
Nick Watney tested positive on Friday before the second round of the RBC Heritage. Per the PGA Tour’s policy, any golfer who tests positive must immediately withdraw from the event and begin a 10-14 day quarantine period in the Hartford area.
Champ is a two-time PGA Tour winner, having won the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship and the 2019 Safeway Open. He is currently ranked 79th on the Official World Golf Ranking and 19th in the FedEx Cup point race.
Champ is from Sacramento, California, and attended Texas A&M. He currently resides in Houston. Champ did not compete last week at the RBC Heritage but did play at the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Ft. Worth, Texas, the week before and finished T-14.
Since joining the PGA Tour two years ago, Champ has been one of the biggest hitters in the game. He currently ranks No. 2 in strokes gained off the tee, bested only by Bryson DeChambeau. He leads the tour in average driving distance at 320.8 yards.
The PGA Tour will release full testing results on Wednesday.
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