The PGA Tour have confirmed that South African golfer Dylan Fritelli has tested positive for COVID-19, making the announcement on Monday 29 June 2020.
As a result of the positive test, Frittelli will miss next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
South African golfer tests positive for COVID-19
Fritelli tested positive for the virus as part of the PGA Tour’s religious protocols.
The 30-year-old will go into self-isolation after returning a positive test in Connecticut.
Fritelli is currently ranked 105 in the world and achieved his maiden PGA Tour victory last year at the John Deere Classic, a win that earned him a millions dollar purse.
The South African up-and-comer says that he feels physically well and is disappointed with the test result.
“I am experiencing no issues and feel great physically and was surprised and disappointed to learn of the positive test today,” said Frittelli.
The PGA Tour say that have traced potential contacts of Frittelli but have not recommended further testing at this stage.
“As part of the PGA Tour’s pre-charter testing process, Tour player Dylan Frittelli tested positive for COVID-19. Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, has been withdrawn from next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic field. He will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines.
South African Golfer tests positive for COVID-19
“The PGA Tour has implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who may have had close contact with Frittelli. After conducting necessary contact tracing, the Tour’s medical advisors are not recommending any additional testing at this time,” a PGA Tour statement said.
Keen to get back on the course
Fritelli thanked the tour for their assistance and indicated his desire to get back on the course as soon as he had been cleared to do so.
“I’m most thankful for the Tour’s assistance, procedures and protocols, which I will continue to follow during my self-isolation, so as to keep everyone safe,” Frittelli added.
“I look forward to getting back on Tour once it’s safe to do so.”
Fritelli missed the cut in New England last week finishing 1 over after 36 holes.
The South African golfer is the fourth man on the PGA Tour to test positive for the virus which saw the league shut down for three months.
Fritelli missed the cut when the tour restarted with the Charles Schwab challenge but rallied to finish in a tie for eighth at the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina.