June 24 (Reuters) - World number four Brooks Koepka has decided to withdraw from this week’s PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, after his caddie tested positive for COVID-19, Golfweek reported on Wednesday.
Golfweek, which spoke to Koepka, said the four-times major champion, his caddie and coach all went for additional testing after playing a practice round with Graeme McDowell, who also withdrew after his caddie returned a positive test.
“I’m going to pull out to protect everybody else. I think it’s the right thing to do,” American Koepka said. “I don’t want to risk anyone’s life if they have respiratory issues or underlying conditions. The only way this Tour can continue is if guys do this sort of thing and be proactive about it.”
The PGA Tour would not confirm Koepka’s withdrawal from the Travelers Championship but said it will issue a statement later on Wednesday.
Golfweek said Northern Irishman McDowell’s caddie is isolating in Florida and had not travelled to Connecticut for the tournament.
The Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands is the third of five events on the PGA Tour’s revamped schedule which is closed to the public in a bid to help stem the spread of the virus.
American Nick Watney last week tested positive for the virus, forcing him to withdraw ahead of second-round action in South Carolina.
Cameron Champ, a two-times winner on the PGA Tour, pulled out of the Travelers Championship on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)