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Golf – PGA: Perez still doesn’t cut, Watney positive for covid-19


Posted on June 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Aurélie SACCHELLI

The only Frenchman competing in the PGA tournament of the week, Victor Perez failed to pass the cut. So he leaves the tournament, as does Nick Watney, whose test for covid-19 was positive.

The weeks go on and on for Victor Perez. Like last week in Texas, for the Charles Schwab Challenge, which marked the resumption (behind closed doors) of the PGA circuit after almost three months of forced break, the Frenchman, 41st in the world, did not manage to pass the cut of the RBC Heritage, which is taking place this week in South Carolina. In the depths of the rankings Thursday after having made a card of 76 (five strokes above the par), he did a little better on Friday (71) but did not manage to go up in the classification, finishing with the sixth worst card . American Webb Simpson, with twelve strokes below par, led the tournament after two rounds. Victor Perez is set to play three more PGA tournaments by the end of July before the PGA Championship, August 6-9 in San Francisco, which will be the first Grand Slam tournament of his career.

McIlroy: “It was pretty logical that someone would catch it at some point. “

The RBC Heritage tournament was also marked by a golfer’s first positive covd-19 test since the start of the season. American Nick Watney (39, 234th world), who returned 74 on Thursday, had to leave the tournament and go into quarantine. World No. 1 and 40th in the tournament, Rory McIlroy, spoke of his case: “Nick texted me because we chatted before I went to play. We respect the sanitary safety distances. He said to me, “I hope I haven’t been too close to you.” It feels bad to have been on the golf course today. I told him it didn’t matter, that he couldn’t know. If I had been him, I would have been there too. I told him that he should focus on getting better and getting healthy. But it’s sad for him, for sure. When you contract this virus, it is important to know who you have been in contact with and who you may have exposed to. We are still in the middle of a pandemic. It’s not over. We must remain vigilant, keep our distance, wear masks and continue to wash our hands. I read an article today saying that by the end of the year, the coronavirus will have killed 200,000 people in the United States. I don’t think anyone here imagined that no one would catch us. It was pretty logical that someone would catch it at some point. And it fell on Nick. He’s confined, he does what he has to do. It’s a shame, but the show continues. “