McCarthy said he felt tired on Thursday, but he thought it was because of how much he had been exercising earlier in the week.
“Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with extra aches and pains and I felt something wasn’t working,” McCarthy said. “I felt like I was being tested at the time before I went to the course.”
The PGA said McCarthy would isolate himself and follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The PGA says 16 more people were tested, including McCarthy’s caddy, two players who played alongside him during the first round, Matt Wallace and Bud Cauley, and their caddies. McCarthy was the only positive result, but Cauley decided to pull out of precaution.
“I’m very grateful to have tested the negative, but I decided to withdraw from the abundance of caution towards my peers and everyone involved in the tournament,” Cauley said.
“What Denny, Bud, and others are demonstrating is exactly what we’ve been asking everyone to do – keep contributing to a serious understanding of this virus and maintaining not only your own health as a priority, but also your fellow competitors and those you may have.” said Jay Monahan, PGA Tour Commissioner.
“We will continue to connect directly with local and state authorities and health officials this week and throughout the return to golf,” he said.