PGA Tour to END ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING at the 3M Open in July

PGA Tour is discontinuing weekly on-site testing at the 3M Open from July 22

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Tue, 29 Jun 2021
PGA Tour to END ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING at the 3M Open in July

The PGA Tour has confirmed it will stop required Covid-19 testing for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants commencing the week of the 3M Open on July 22. 

According to a memo, the PGA Tour is discontinuing weekly on-site testing, complimentary at-home testing, all pro-am testing and the stipend program that paid players when they had to withdraw from a tournament due to a positive Covid-19 test.

The latter of which was something Jon Rahm had to do when holding a six-shot lead thru 54 holes at the Memorial Tournament, before being told he had tested positive for coronavirus and was therefore forced into withdrawing from the tournament. 

Other players to test positive for Covid-19 in recent months include Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Adam Scott. 

"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," read a statement from PGA Tour Senior Vice President Tyler Dennis.

It has not been disclosed as to how many players and caddies on the PGA Tour have been vaccinated, but according to the CDC, 66% of American adults have now received at least one vaccination. 

The PGA Tour has also confirmed that on-site testing will be available for those players and caddies who are symptomatic, and participants are encouraged to fill out a daily health survey and to notify the Tour should they encounter any symptoms.