English tests positive prior to Rocket Mortgage Classic

Harris English tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The PGA Tour announced Harris tested positive for the coronavirus — the fifth player on tour to do so since play resumed in Texas on June 11.

English, who did not compete last week at the Travelers Championship, will enter a mandated self-isolation period under CDC guidelines.

“While it’s disappointing to receive this news, as I feel healthy, I’m pleased that the new safety protocols we have in place worked this week,” English said in a statement. “I fully supported the TOUR’s new rule of not allowing anyone on the tournament grounds until testing negative, as protecting others in the field and everyone affiliated with the tournament and the community should be the No. 1 priority as a result of a positive test. I appreciate the TOUR’s support and I look forward to competing again after I’m fully recovered.”

English, 30, joins Dylan Frittelli, Nick Watney, Cameron Champ and Denny McCarthy as PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell were negative for COVID-19 but withdrew from the Travelers when each of their caddies tested positive.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic begins Thursday in Detroit.

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