Following the withdrawals of multiple players due to the coronavirus pandemic at the Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour has made a major rule change.
The PGA Tour announced Saturday that it has implemented a policy that will prohibit players from coming on property while waiting for their first test results in a new city, according to ESPN's Nick Pietruszkiewic.
Beginning at the Rocket Mortgage Classic next week, all who are considered to be "inside the bubble" will need a negative test result before being allowed on the course. This includes players, caddies, instructors, doctors and other various staff members.
The Tour previously allowed players and caddies to come on site while awaiting their coronavirus test results.
The PGA Tour has seen seven withdrawals this week related to the coronavirus. The caddies for Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell both tested positive, thus resulting in their withdrawals from the Travelers Championship. Chase Koepka, Brooks' brother, also pulled out for precautionary reasons, while Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy both had to bow out after testing positive for the virus.
In the midst of multiple players and caddies testing positive, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced stricter health and safety protocols and stated that golf will continue to be played. Additional testing will be available, and the scope has been broadened of those who need to be tested.