I never had COVID-19: Champ

DETROIT (AP) – Cameron Champ lathered up his hands with sanitiser as he made the turn in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, trying to stay healthy enough to keep competing.

“I use it as much as I see it out there,” he said after shooting a 3-under 69, putting him four shots back after the opening round.

Champ was added to the field at the Detroit Golf Club under a modified PGA Tour policy that allows players who test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible if they had no symptoms and get two negative test results at least 24 hours apart.

Champ, however, said he does not believe he ever had COVID-19.

“Through the specialist that we worked with, at this point it’s clear that I never had it,” he said. “Still being precautious because if I happen to do get it, then it affects my family deeply.”

The decision to let Champ play on the eve of the tournament was the latest change to an evolving “Health and Safety Plan” as the tour enters its fourth week back from the pandemic-induced shutdown. Champ is among six players and two caddies on the PGA Tour who have tested positive.

Cameron Champ drives from the 11th tee during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament. PHOTO: AP