CROMWELL, Conn. — Chase Koepka, the more youthful brother of Brooks Koepka, has been assured a spot in the industry of the 2021 Vacationers Championship, The Put up acquired on Thursday.
Chase, who at 26 many years outdated is four several years younger than Brooks, the No. 4-ranked participant in the environment who owns 4 important championships, earned a location into the match this 7 days at TPC River Highlands by Monday qualifying, surviving a 5-male playoff for two places.
But Wednesday, right after it was acquired that Brooks’ caddie, Ricky Elliott, had analyzed positive for COVID-19, equally Brooks and Chase withdrew from the tournament as a precaution. For Brooks, because of his lofty status, the withdrawal was not a big deal. To Chase, who doesn’t have any taking part in status and has performed in only a handful of PGA Tour occasions, it was a crushing blow. A person superior effectiveness on the PGA Tour for a player like Chase can transform his everyday living.
Travelers match director Nathan Grube advised The Post on Thursday that he arrived at out to Chase and informed him he “earned’’ his way in and that, “if he requirements it upcoming year’’ he’ll have a assured spot in the 2021 Travelers.
Shane Lowry was in the thick of the COVID-19 vortex on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Vacationers Championship.
On Tuesday, the reigning British Open up winner from Ireland played a exercise round with Graeme McDowell and the Koepka brothers.
By Wednesday, McDowell and the Koepka brothers withdrew from the Tourists when it was found that both McDowell’s caddie, Ken Comboy, and Brooks’ caddie, Elliott, had tested constructive for the coronavirus.
Although neither McDowell nor the Koepkas analyzed beneficial, all 3 withdrew out of precaution in circumstance they had been contaminated by the caddies but weren’t nonetheless showing it in a check.
Lowry was so concerned that he consulted with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday night to make certain it was secure for him to carry on and participate in. Monahan gave his blessing and it turned out to be a superior point, with Lowry shoot a 4-less than 66 on Thursday.
“I observed out on Tuesday evening about Kenny, Graeme’s caddie, and I’d expended a minimal little bit of time all over Graeme,’’ Lowry said. “But Graeme hadn’t witnessed [Comboy] considering the fact that final 7 days [Comboy didn’t make the trip to Connecticut because he wasn’t feeling well].
“Then of course we performed a observe round with Brooks, Chase and Ricky Elliott, who was caddying for Brooks and he examined optimistic [Wednesday] early morning. Ricky referred to as me himself. I could not really believe it. To be honest, I considered he was messing with me, since he sort of is like that often.
“Then as the men pulled out, I contacted the Tour pretty promptly. I questioned them what did they think I should really do because I required to do the appropriate thing. But I really do not assume I was in just more than enough call with Ricky around the training course of the nine holes we played on Tuesday. We’re just taking safety measures. I spoke to Jay [Wednesday evening] below at the club and he reported that I’m great to perform. So, I’m here to play’’
Lowry explained after two thoroughly clean months — only Nick Watney tested favourable very last week — this week’s conditions “have been kind of a kick in the backside to all of us and to make guaranteed that we do the ideal issues when we’re out there.’’
“I’ve observed a good deal of media protection that is really destructive, and I never like it,’’ he claimed. “I assume the PGA Tour, Jay, everyone associated has accomplished a great job, and I as a professional golfer am quite content to be back to do the job and to be supplying some leisure for some people at home. I feel we’re very blessed to be back again out playing.’’
Abraham Ancer had his first job PGA Tour hole in a single on the 16th gap Thursday, jarring it with an 8-iron from 156 yards. And he was struck the relative silence that accompanied it when an ace typically elicits large roars from the gallery. There, of class, are no spectators authorized on the golfing system this 7 days.
“It was really anti-climactic for the reason that there was no person out there and we couldn’t higher-five or anything at all, but continue to, it was brilliant to have my first PGA Tour ace,’’ he said. “You want to go higher-5 or a thing and we can’t suitable now, so it was absolutely diverse. But I’ll take it.’’
Tyler McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, didn’t get into the Vacationers discipline right up until the Wednesday withdrawals. He missed the lower at very last week’s Korn Ferry Tour party and was organized to just take the week off. He was on his way to the Pisgah Forest in the vicinity of Asheville, N.C., for a silent 7 days off. Then he bought late word that he was in the Tourists subject if he could get to Connecticut.
“I assume I obtained the confirmation all over 3 p.m. and the past flight out of Jacksonville was 5:30, so I experienced to pack up in about 25 minutes and head to the airport,’’ McCumber stated.
He produced his flight and designed the most of his opportunity, capturing a 5-beneath 65 on Thursday even though actively playing along with defending-champion Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm.
“My brother-in-regulation drove me to the airport last minute,’’ McCumber explained. “I known as him, I’m like, ‘Hey, male, I imagine I’m likely to get into the event, can you locate me a flight and it’s possible give me a trip to the airport and help me pack?’ He was Superman for me.’’