Chad Campbell, who was the first alternate for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour, and three Korn Ferry Tour players including Brandon Wu (pictured) of Stanford, have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Campbell withdrew from the tournament and will spend the next 10 to 14 days in self-isolation, following CDC guidelines adopted by the PGA Tour.
“While the positive test result is unnerving, I am incredibly grateful to be asymptomatic and feel physically well, and my thoughts are with anyone dealing with Covid, directly or indirectly,” Campbell, who has won four times on the PGA Tour including the 2003 Tour Championship, said in a statement. “I support the Tour’s protocol during this time and will be quarantining myself to protect others until I am well. I am looking forward to competing again once it is deemed safe for me to make my return.”
Campbell tested positive during the pre-tournament screening process, as did Dylan Frittelli of South Africa and Harris English earlier, and they also went into isolation after withdrawing from the event that starts Thursday at Detroit Golf Club.
Other players who have tested positive since the PGA Tour restarted four weeks ago after shutting down in March because of the Coronavirus pandemic are Nick Watney of Davis and Fresno State, Cameron Champ of Sacramento and Denny McCarthy
Wu, Taylor Montgomery and Jonathan Hodge became the first players on the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour’s triple-A circuit, to test positive for Covid-19 and they withdrew from the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes in Berthoud, Colo., ahead of Wednesday’s first round.
“These positive test results serve as a distinct reminder that we all need to continue to be vigilant in this ever-changing climate,” said President Alex Baldwin of the Korn Ferry Tour. “We will further reinforce the elements of our health and safety plan to all constituents, and deliver our full support to those who test positive for Covid-19.”
Wu, who helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA Championship and captured the 2017 Porter Cup, tied for 17th in the 2019 Houston Open, his first start on the PGA Tour, and tied for 30th in the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2019 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward.
In the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament, he shot 67-67 in the middle rounds and tied for 61st to earn conditional status for 2020.
The 23-year-old Wu claimed his first professional victory when he held off Scottie Scheffler of the PGA Tour by two strokes in the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational in Texas late in May.